Play it Sam

21 12 2011

Houston has had a recurrent problem with what their center position will look like this next season. They have found their answer.

Marc Stein reports that the Houston Rockets have agreed on a two-year deal worth $13.7 million with free-agent center Samuel Dalembert. 

From the end of the 2010-2011 NBA season to now, the Rockets have cycled through four different ideas for who their center would be. It began in July when 8-year Rocket Yao Ming retired due to multiple injuries that held him out of many games the past few seasons. Then, once the lockout came to end, they pursued Tyson Chandler prior to his signing with the Knicks. The next possibility would have happened if David Stern hadn’t stopped the Lakers-Rockets-Hornets involving Chris Paul from going through. This would have placed Pau Gasol in Houston. After all of this, the Rockets finally landed Dalembert on the team. He joins Hasheem Thabeet as the only other true center on the team.

Samuel Davis Dalembert brings the Rockets a lot of different attributes to their franchise. During his nine years in the league, he has averaged 8.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks. Even though he doesn’t have eye-popping statistics, Dalembert always provides his team with constant energy. Whenever he steps onto the court, he will be giving 100% every time. Specifically, his shot-blocking ability ranks among some of the top centers in the league. This will be needed since he’s joining Luis Scola – who has never had more than 0.6 blocks during a season – on the Rockets starting frontline.

Regarding what Dalembert brings the Rockets off the court, they couldn’t have asked for a better man. Dalembert was born in Haiti and has always had great pride for his country. He received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2010 and the NBA Human Spirit Award in 2011. These awards were given to Dalembert largely due to his constant contributions towards Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. He’s a quality man that will bring a great attitude to the squad on and off the court.

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