Friday, December 23, 2011

2011-2012 NBA Preview #19: Houston Rockets

Greetings all... Ryan returns with the uber-deep Rockets...

Roster Breakdown (Starters in Bold)
  • PG - Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic, Jonny Flynn, Jeremy Lin
  • SG - Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee
  • SF - Chase Budinger, Terrence Williams, Chandler Parsons
  • PF - Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris
  • C - Samuel Dalembert, Jordan Hill, Hasheem Thabeet

General Thoughts

This a team that I would call solid. Not bad, not really good, but solid. Their individual players are all good... but no real guy that has pop when you talk about them. Kevin Martin is their best scorer, but he doesn't do much else and he isn't dominant at all. Luis Scola is the best post player but when you only average 18 pts and 8 rebs it's a little easy to get overlooked. Other than that; Lowry, Budinger, Lee, and Patterson are all guys you can like but none that you love. And you get enough of those guys piled together and that's going to be how your team will perform. I do like the hire of Kevin McHale though but there has to be some new talent infused before I give them a green arrow pointing upward. I guess we can credit David Stern for messing this team up too. They had a chance to land Pau Gasol and had a deal for Nene on the table and pairing those two together would have been something to see. Until then?...maybe more stock piling assets for a big trade later down the line.


I would be personally stunned if this team sneaks its way into the playoffs and there really isn't a young guy to me that has a huge leap to make so i'll use this particular time to make a plea: Please trade or play Terrence Williams and Jonny Flynn. They are too good to be buried underneath another roster. I've grown quite tired of lesser players getting ample playing time elsewhere in the league while these two just sit and rot their playing careers away. I haven't heard one good reason why neither one of these players are getting the burn they deserve. Minnesota and New Jersey don't exactly know what they had on their hands so they shipped them here...Kevin McHale... please don't let these kids just sit. Let them play. Thank you. (ed: Couldn't agree more on Williams and Flynn, but the acquisition of Dalembert could be huge in pushing them toward a potential playoff spot)

Predicted Finish

11th in the West

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