Rockets forward Tari Eason appeared in each of the team’s 82 games during his rookie season, but he won’t extend that games-played streak this fall. Head coach Ime Udoka announced today that Eason will be shut down for the next two or three weeks due to a stress reaction in his left leg, tweets sideline reporter Vanessa Richardson.
Eason, 22, averaged 9.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 21.5 minutes per game in 2022/23, showing promise as a three-and-D wing.
While the Rockets made some veteran additions to their roster this offseason, including forwards Dillon Brooks and Jeff Green, Eason is poised to remain part of the rotation and there has been optimism that he’ll take another step forward. For his part, he expressed some lofty goals this month, voicing a desire to eventually become the NBA’s best defender.
If Eason remain on the shelf for the next three weeks, he’d miss at least Houston’s first nine games of the regular season. In his absence, the club could lean more on wings and forwards like Jabari Smith, Jae’Sean Tate, and Reggie Bullock in addition to Brooks and Green.