Usman Garuba already decides in the G-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Houston Rockets affiliate team in the Development League added its five of five this season (leading in the south) after beating Mexico City Capitanes for the second straight game (123-125) with a huge stopper from the former Madrid player to Matt Mooney in the last second of the match.
It was the perfect icing on a near-perfect match. The power forward, drafted with the 23rd by the Rockets, played 31 minutes and achieved a double-double: scored 18 almost pristine points (6/8 of two and 2/2 from the triple), grabbed 17 rebounds (6 of them offensive), distributed 2 assists, stole 5 balls and put 2 blocks. Both in catches and robberies he was the best of the duel.
This was Garuba’s second duel in a Development League. that each season advances a little more in quality and serves so that young NBA promises, who cannot play minutes in an extra-competitive league, let off steam and gain confidence minute by minute. And that seems to be the case of the Spanish international, who improved this morning the good performance he had in his premiere against the same Mexican franchise tonight, the only one together with the G-League Ignite that is not affiliated with any team in the League.
In its debut, we remember, Garuba finished immaculate in 33 minutes: 14 points without a miss (6/6 in total shots, 2/2 in triples), 8 rebounds and a block. With 64 accumulated minutes already, the white youth squad already exceeds by 19 (45) those played with the Rockets in seven games.