Qi posted 12 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3PT, 3-6 FT), eight rebounds, five blocked shots and an assist across 23 minutes in Monday's 105-80 win over the Clippers in a Vegas Summer League contest.
It appears Houston can never have too many big men. Qi has bounced around from the G-League to the big show since being drafted in 2017 and has managed to do some damage inside when given the opportunity. HIs Summer League invite is a big opportunity for him to prove that he belongs on the Rockets roster as a reliable backup for Clint Capela. Qi needs to put together more games like this one to get close to that goal.
Qi's three blocks were a new career high during the win Tuesday. With one game left to play, the China native has appeared in 17 games, averaging 1.2 points and 1.1 rebounds this season.
Qi was assigned to the G-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Qi has played in the Rockets two most recent games, totaling 11 minutes and posting two points, five rebounds and a block. That said, he'll likely continue to be a G-League staple. There, he's averaged 11 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks across 25.9 minutes.
Qi was recalled from the G-League on Sunday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The G-League regular season has officially come to it's completion and Qi finished with averages of 11.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 2.3 blocks across 24 games. He'll now rejoin the Rockets ahead of Sunday's contest, but considering Qi hasn't seen the floor at the NBA level since Dec. 29, it's safe to assume his only opportunity for minutes will be in a blowout. For that reason, continue to avoid him for fantasy purposes.
Qi suffered the rib injury while playing with the Rockets' G-League affiliate, but after taking some time off, appears to be back to full strength. Despite being active and available to play Sunday, Qi is outside the Rockets regular rotation and can be avoided for fantasy purposes. Look for Qi to be assigned back to the G-League in short order.
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