Rockets reportedly add long-range threat to roster as regular season winds down

The Rockets made an addition to their roster on Saturday.

Houston has decided to sign Michael Frazier, the G League’s Most Improved Player, according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources.

Frazier, 25, averaged 16.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 rebounds in 45 appearances for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2018-19. He played one other season in the G League before this year, averaging just 6.7 points while splitting time between four teams in the 2015-16 season.

The 6-4 guard is a high volume 3-point shooter, which fits right into Houston’s offense. He recorded more than seven shots per game from behind the arc for the Vipers this year and connected on 38.1 percent of those attempts.

The Rockets have carved an identity for themselves as a team that focuses on analytics. They limit their mid-range shots and place emphasis on 3-pointers and getting to the basket. While they missed an NBA record 27 consecutive 3-point attempts in a Western Conference Finals loss to the Warriors last year, they haven’t changed their ways.

Houston has made the most 3-pointers in the NBA in 2018-19. It leads the second place Bucks by 213 and is showing no signs of slowing down.

There is no guarantee Frazier will have a significant role in the postseason, but if he does, it wouldn’t be the first time an unlikely sniper has played hero for the Rockets.

Now-Suns guard Troy Daniels was called up from the Vipers to the Rockets in 2014 NBA Playoffs. The prolific shooter scored 17 points and made four 3-pointers to save the Rockets from elimination against the Trail Blazers in the first round.

This performance set Daniels up for the future, as he went on to sign deals with four other NBA franchises.

The Rockets (52-28) are third in the Western Conference standings and have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA since the All-Star break.

Houston was ravaged by injuries early this season and responded with the acquisition of players like Austin Rivers and Kenneth Faried, which have worked out nicely. If they choose to utilize the skills of Frazier, they could be become more lethal offensively moving forward.