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NBA: Garuba debuts as a defensive wall in the Rockets: “He is much faster and more coordinated”

Usman Garubachampion of the Eurobasket with Spain, debut in the NBA preseason in their second season in the Houston Rockets with a resounding victo


champion of the Eurobasket with Spain, debut in the NBA preseason in their second season in the with a resounding victory 134-96 before the at the Toyota Center in Houston.

The power forward from Azuqueca de Henares showed off his defensive skills adding 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks in 13 minutes.

Garuba, who did not score, shot only once (0 of 1 in triples).

Garuba came back this season much faster. It looks good on him. It is more coordinated. He knows his strengths on defense and is a great help on offense.

Kevin Porter Jr.

“Usman Garuba came back this season much quicker. He looks good. He’s more coordinated. He knows his strengths on defense and he’s a great help on offense,” Kevin Porter Jr. said of teammate Garuba during preseason.

Great debut for Jabari Smith Jr. number 3 in the 2022 Draft, with the Rockets

Jabari Smith Jr. (number 3 in the 2022 Draft) was the best of the Rockets with 21 points and 8 rebounds, and was well supported by the Turkish Alperen Sengun (13+5), Tari Eason (21+10) and Josh Christopher ( 15+4+4).

Devin Vassell (13), Jakob Poeltl (9+10), Isaiah Roby (12), Zach Collins (11) and Malaki Branham (10) were the Spurs players who achieved double figures.