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Fields: 15 Games at ASU was All Christopher Needed

Posted on August 3, 2021

  By LaMarr Fields, SuperWest Sports

Josh Christopher played just 15 games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, and they were enough get him drafted by the Houston Rockers in the First Round of the NBA Draft.


In those 15 games at ASU, Christoper averaged 14.3 points per game, but he also displayed the kind of athleticism the Rockets believed they can develop into a highly productive player.

The talented guard should have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in his rookie season.

Christoper has some outstanding physical gifts, including strength and explosiveness—traits that will pay dividends at the next level.

He does a great job of getting to the basket, which enables him to finish in the paint and get to the foul line.

However, the former Sun Devil is a streaky shooter from the outside, connecting on just 30% of his shots from beyond the arc in college, a stat he will need to improve on as a pro.

Christopher looked much better at pre-draft workouts than what he showed in college, and it helped to catch the eye of the rebuilding Rockets.

For Christopher to be a good NBA player, he will need to improve his shot selection. The fact is, he will not be able to take many bad shots in the NBA and stay in games. Consequently, Christopher’s efficiency must improve.

Also, decision-making could be a cause for concern, as Christopher tends to make unwise decisions with the basketball at times.

Josh Christopher | Jessica Hill/Associated Press

Finally, while he is an excellent defensive player, he sometimes has defensive lapses, and that can’t happen in the NBA.

In any case, Christopher should get plenty of chances to show what he can do early in his career, as Houston is coming off a lousy season and needs players of his caliber to improve.

With patience and development, the talented wing should be able to reach his full potential with the Rockets.

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