Houston Rockets: Give Terrence Williams and Hasheem Thabeet a Chance

James Schmidt@@james_schmidt1Correspondent IJuly 2, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MARCH 03:  Terrence Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Izod Center on March 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Terrence Williams was acquired from the New Jersey Nets for a first-round draft pick. He played in 11 games for Houston and averaged 3.6 points, less than an assist and 1.5 rebounds in seven minutes.

Hasheem Thabeet was acquired in a deal with Memphis: Houston got Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll (who was later released) and a 2013 first-round pick for Shane Battier and Ishamel Smith. Thabeet played in two games and didn't score a point and blocked one shot. 

First, we'll get into Terrence Williams.

Terrence is by far the most athletic player on the Houston Rockets roster. He can defend, pass, score. He's basically a clone of Iguodala physically and style of play wise. But he can be a headcase, which is probably why Rick Adelman was reluctant to play him.

After the team traded Battier, Adelman had to play him because of nobody to besides Williams to back up Chase Budinger. Williams had some flashes of brilliance, making quite a few impressive passes, including a full-court touchdown pass to Courtney Lee.

But what has Williams done to prove he deserves playing time? Well in his rookie year with New Jersey he averaged eight points, five rebounds and three assists in only 23 minutes per game.

His field goal percentage was a little low, but keep in mind he was on the Nets during their absolutely terrible year. Oh yeah, he had a triple-double in his rookie year with New Jersey. Not bad.

I'm sure most of you heard the story of how he was demoted to the D-League for disciplinary reasons. But down there he proved even more why he deserves a chance in this league. He went down and averaged a triple-double in three games with the New Jersey D-League affiliate.

If that isn't enough to convince you of Williams worthiness as an NBA player, check out this highlight video.

Now onto Mr. Thabeet. This is going to be a whole lot shorter because there isn't much of a case to make for him.

What can we say about Hasheem? He's 7'3" and the second overall pick from 2009. He's not a smart basketball player and fouls a lot.

But he's the only center they have. I don't care if he fouls out within the first five minutes of the game. That's five minutes where I don't have to watch the other team run layup drills against Houston. Five minutes of that a game would be heavenly.

But in the unlikely case he actually becomes a defensive anchor (won't know until you play him), the Houston front office will look like geniuses.

Here's the thing, you aren't going anywhere without a center, so why not risk it all on one right now. If it fails, it's not like you were going anywhere anyways.

Well guys, thanks for reading, post your comments and opinions down below.

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