Matthew Hurt had a great sophomore year at Duke, but NBA teams have concerns about his speed and how his game, other than shooting, would carry over to the NBA.
He does have a great shot, however, and the most important thing in basketball is to throw the ball through the net.
The Houston Rockets recognized this and signed him to a two-way contract on Friday. Interestingly, he refused his home team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, to sign with the Rockets.
Foot speed is obviously critical to any basketball player, but it’s not necessarily the be-all and end-all. You could make a list of smart players who didn’t have great foot speed and who made solid or spectacular careers: Steve Kerr, Sidney Lowe, Brook, and Robin Lopez , Meyers Leonard, Aron Baynes, Kelly Olynk, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. We love JJ Redick, but people have questioned his athleticism throughout his career.
What all these guys have in common is that they were (or are) consummate professionals who worked hard and found ways to be valuable to their teams.
There’s no reason Hurt can’t do that too.