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Usman Garuba, uncertain future NBA continuity

There are decisions that can mark an entire sports career and that are made despite the many external doubts that may exist and the one


There are decisions that can mark an entire sports career and that are made despite the many external doubts that may exist and the one made by It’s been a year now, going to the NBA, is one of them. There were many experts who viewed with suspicion and uncertainty the adaptation that a competitor of this caliber in the league could have, and the worst omens were fulfilled. Garuba is a player with spectacular conditions, but he lacks height and launch to be able to perform 4-man duties in the American league. He could become a very useful player, PJ Tucker style, if he had minutes that allowed him to progress, but in they saw him too green last year.

That a player used to competing for glory and with an enormous competitive demand since he was a child, is sent to the G-League, it is a very notable shock and can reduce his progression. It happened last year and everything indicates that it will happen again this season. The Spaniard had high hopes of shining in the 2022 NBA Summer League, for which he had thoroughly prepared, but a sprained ankle is going to leave him without playing a single game, further reducing the chances that he could become a hole in the team. It may be too hard for a youngster of his quality to spend another season on the G-League courts, but that’s what seems to be waiting for him.

Garuba has fierce competition at Rockets

Jabari Smith, Alperen Sengun and Aric Holman are young talents recruited by the Texans who they want to develop and trust to give them quality minutes. That makes the lace of Usman Garuba be very complicated, since they also have Boban Marjanovic to provide experience. Only a reconversion to the position of 3 could give the Spanish more opportunities, not just in this franchise, but in the league in general. However, this requires a lot of time in training and demanding matches, as well as having enormous mental strength. It would not be surprising for Usman to get fed up with this adverse ecosystem and seek a return to Europe to mature and enjoy basketball again.