In a battle of international big men, second-year Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun lost the battle in Monday's game against the Denver Nuggets and back-to-back NBA MVP Nikola Jokic.
But with 18 points (50% FG) and 7 rebounds in 23 minutes, which continues a strong offensive season to date, Sengun clearly made quite an impression on the Serbian center - who finished with 32 points (64.7% FG), 12 rebounds, and 8 assists in just 27 minutes.
In postgame comments, Jokic made it clear that he believes head coach Stephen Silas and the Rockets should be running more of their offense through the 20-year-old Turkish prospect.
Here's what the Denver big man said after being informed that Sengun (who looks at Jokic as an idol) models his game after Jokic:
Sengun had 14 shot attempts in just 23 minutes during Monday's loss, though almost none of Houston's starters played in the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score. The Rockets shot 44 3-pointers as a team.
It won't take long to see if Silas and the Rockets adjust their game plan, since the same two teams will meet again on Wednesday night in Denver. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Central.
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Story originally appeared on Rockets Wire