Asik emerging offensively too

Asik emerging offensively too
November 28, 2012, 4:30 pm
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Sampson: Asik's 'offense was offensive'

(Thomas Campbell - US Presswire)

Omer Asik has gradually become an offensive surprise for the Houston Rockets.

In Tuesday night's victory over the Raptors, Asik shot 6-for-9 from the field on his way to 13 points and 18 rebounds.

"I tried to tell you guys," Jeremy Lin said with a laugh. "I tried to tell you guys a long time ago. He's good. He's good. He's good. There's no other way to say it."

When the Rockets signed Asik, they signed him knowing his prowess on the defensive end and on the boards. Offensively, though, his emergence has been an added bonus.

"I saw flashes of no offense prior to him coming here," Kelvin Sampson said jokingly. "None. Actually, his offense was offensive.

"When you don't collapse from the corners and stop O's roll, he gets more confident with that. With minutes, comes confidence. He knows that he's going to play a lot of minutes. We knew coming in, that he had the potential to become a great rebounder, but I think he's going to continue to get better offensively."

Asik is now averaging 10.4 points and 12.4 rebounds. The rebounding is good enough for third in the league. He has double-doubles in half of his 14 games played so far.