Alperen Sengun has been one of the most entertaining rookies to watch this year, due to his penchant for highlight reel dunks and passes. However, if you’re a die-hard Houston Rockets fan, you’ll notice a trend with Sengun’s dunks. After every difficult dunk, the Turkish rookie would flex his muscles in some way.

During a media session, Sengun talked about why he flexes when he dunks. The Rockets rookie gave a hilariously honest answer, saying that: (via Jackson Gatlin)

“I love my muscles. I have more muscle now than at the beginning of the season.”

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One of the biggest knocks on Sengun coming out of the draft was his seemingly frail frame. Tall lanky rookies tend to be looked down upon as prospects because of this trait. Think Kristaps Porzingis, or Brandon Ingram, or even Chet Holmgren from this year’s class. However, the Rockets and Sengun clearly made an effort to give some more bulk to the Turkish sensation.

The biggest factor why the Rockets drafted Sengun, though, is his limitless potential. Standing at a massive 6’10, Sengun has the size of a big man and the ball skills of a guard. He’s also shown amazing court vision and the guts to attempt difficult passes. If he develops right, Houston could have their next version of the Tracy McGrady-Yao Ming duo from the 2000s.

All of these youth won’t easily translate to wins, though. The Rockets’ rocky 2021-22 season is proof of that. However, these are just growing pains for a rebuilding team. If everything goes perfectly, they’ll be back on top of the league in no time.