It was an odd strike against Wiltjer, who had no idea at the time, or even for months afterward, how close he had come to blowing it during his interview.
“I didn’t know I was that good,” he said.
But if Morey had misgivings, he also saw potential and signed Wiltjer as an undrafted free agent. Wiltjer emerged as another experiment for a team that continues to push basketball boundaries.
While the Rockets were setting N.B.A. records this season for the most 3-pointers attempted and made, Wiltjer, 24, was launching shots from distant galaxies for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston’s affiliate in the N.B.A. Development League. In 31 games with the Vipers, including the playoffs, Wiltjer took 313 3-pointers, which worked out to a league-leading 10.1 attempts a game.
“In this system, you’re supposed to do what you do well,” Wiltjer said before the Vipers’ season ended last week with a loss here to Raptors 905 in the D-League finals. “So if I’m open, I’m going to…