It is not an NBA title, but rookie Vincent Edwards has closed up his first season as a pro with a championship. Last night the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the G-League team for the Houston Rockets, closed out the Long Island Nets 129-112. The game was the final of the G-League playoffs and Vince had 7 points, 8 rebounds, and four assists int he final.
It has been an up and down season for Edwards. He is on a two-way contract, meaning he gets more money and some guaranteed time with the big club, but he has spent much of the season down in the G-League. He only played twice this year for the Rockets, hitting a three in his debut against Golden State on November 15th and playing 12 minutes without scoring against the 76ers on January 21st.
In 31 regular season games for Rio Grande Valley he averaged 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. In their five playoff games he averaged 7.6 per game.
It remains to be seen where he fits in Houston’s long-term plans. As a two-way player he might be able to be on their playoff roster, but even then he would likely only see action in blowouts. There is also next season, where there are no guarantees since he was only a second round pick.