Rockets rookie Zhou impresses D'Antoni

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Zhou Qi is big, but probably not a big part of the Houston Rockets' plans this season.

Still, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni liked what he saw from the 7-foot-2 Chinese center, drafted in the second round (No. 43 overall) of the 2016 draft.

"He has a chance. He has a real solid chance," D'Antoni said, via the Houston Chronicle. "He's 7-2. He can shoot 3s, run the floor, knows how to play. There's no reason other than strength and bulk and things that come naturally. I'm looking forward to having him up here all year and working with him."

D'Antoni added that the Rockets are approaching this season as one of development for Zhou.

"We'll play him when we can," D'Antoni said. "We're not going to rush him. It probably won't be this year when he makes a mark. But everybody keep going, 'Wow, he can be pretty good.'"

Zhou played with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association from 2014-17, then signed with the Rockets in July. His winspan, which falls just short of 7-foot-8, was the longest at 2016 draft combine.