As the Houston Rockets sit courtside at this year’s NBA Finals, a familiar face will take center stage.
Former Rockets center Daniel Theis could see some action for his Boston Celtics this series as they take on the Golden State Warriors.
Last offseason, Theis signed a four-year, $35.6 million deal with the Rockets to be the team’s veteran upfront player. However, lineups with Theis proved unfavorable and he was dropped from the rotation in favor of Christian Wood and rookie Alperen Sengun.
During his tenure with the Rockets, Theis played in 26 games (21 starts) and averaged 8.4 points per game with five rebounds.
Ultimately, the Rockets wanted to move Theis and found a home in Boston at the NBA Trade Deadline.
Theis started his NBA career in Boston in 2017 as a 25-year-old with experience as a professional player in Germany, his home country.
Theis worked his way up to a regular role with the Celtics and played an important role in the 2019/20 season. In the NBA bubble, Theis started all 17 games in the Celtics’ playoff run, which ended in a loss in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat.
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This time the Celtics were able to beat the Heat and make that extra move, but Theis took a step back, with Robert Williams’ role increasing. Theis did not play in Games 5-7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
No matter the size of the role he plays during this year’s Finals, Theis marks former Rockets in the NBA Finals for four straight years.
In 2019, Jeremy Lin and Kyle Lowry won a ring with the Toronto Raptors. In 2020, Dwight Howard won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. Last year, PJ Tucker won his first NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Will Theis keep the streak going?
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