The Houston Rockets have finalized their NBA Summer League roster for 2016 and it includes Gary Payton II along with some other big names. Houston owns the highest winning percentage of any team in Summer League history and they should be one of the top teams again this year with big names like Michael Beasley and K.J. McDaniels joining soon-to-be second year vets Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell on the roster. Check out the full roster in Houston’s release.
Gary Payton II joins the roster after he signed a three-year deal with Houston just minutes after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft. Experts projected him to be a mid-to-late second round pick and The Rockets jumped on the opportunity to sign him as an undrafted free agent. With the NBA currently in the midst of a free agency frenzy it is impossible to tell how their roster will end up looking by the time the season starts. But, the first steps to making the team for Gary Payton II is by having a good showing in Las Vegas, at the summer league.
Payton's main competition for making The Rockets regular season roster will be Isaiah Taylor, a talented point guard from Texas who skipped his senior season to declare for the draft and also surprisingly went undrafted. Isaiah Taylor, like Gary Payton II, signed a partially guaranteed deal with The Rockets.
Texas undrafted guard Isaiah Taylor has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016
With both players receving partially guaranteed deals, a rarity for undrafted free agents, they appear to be priorities for Houston's front office. It will be interesting to keep an eye on their performances at the NBA summer league and with all games broadcast on ESPN networks be sure to tune in to watch Gary Payton II.