By Kelly Scaletta
However, the pairing—along with fellow “Headband Brother” Jason Terry—is turning the Rockets’ bench into one of the best in the league.
For the first month of the season, the Rockets’ bench was awful. Through Dec. 18, they were last in bench scoring at 22.8 points per game. Then they acquired Brewer on Dec. 19 in a three-team trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers.
Six days later, they signed Smith using the biannual exception. And off the bench, he’s been a revelation with Brewer.
Since Smith started playing with the second unit, the Rockets’ bench is 10th in the league with 35.9 points per game. Most of the credit for that goes to Brewer and Smith.
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