Houston Rockets Sign Former Lottery Pick

He was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but he hasn't quite lived up to the hype. Having been without an NBA job thus far this season, 29 year old center Willie Cauley-Stein has finally landed himself a gig, signing on with the Houston Rockets.

The 7-footer is signing a 10-day contract with the Rockets. The seven-year NBA veteran has spent the season with Rockets‘ Rio Grande Valley G League affiliate where he's averaged 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in 10 games.

The Rockets, of course, can use all the help they can get. They sit with the worst record in the NBA, at 13-47, with their latest loss punctuated by a legendary performance by Damian Lillard.

He last played in the NBA last season, with the Dallas Mavericks (18 games) and Philadelphia 76ers 2 games). He averaged just nine minutes per game and 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds.

His first four seasons in the league were spent with the team that drafted him in the lottery, the Sacramento Kings. He posted marks of 10.1 points per game and 6.4 rebounds in his time in Sac-Town, in 24 minutes a game.

But his minutes and production have tailed off in each and every season since then, culminating with becoming, essentially, a forgotten man this year until the Rockets came calling. 

Overally, Cauley-Stein has career averages of 8.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. 

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