A couple days ago, Daryl Morey used his Twitter account to fill in the general public about a few jobs that were opening up within the Rockets organization. He ended the string of notifications with an interesting tweet that I’m sure stirred the soul of every Rockets fan who read it.
Also have All-Star player opening but I expect it 2B filled by 1of our talented young players B4 the 2013 gm in Houston nba.com/2012/news/02/0…
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) August 18, 2012
Depending on who you ask, reactions to this tweet will range from delusional to comforting. Fans will absorb it as either a legitimate gut feeling by Morey, a facetious overreaction (not likely), or, given the fact that All-Star game starters are decided by an unscientific fan voting process, a wise prediction on what the future likely holds for Houston’s new point guard, Jeremy Lin.
(I believe there’s a good—albeit unlawful—chance Lin is voted in as a starter ahead of Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Ty Lawson, or even Steph Curry, if you’d like to throw his questionable ankles into this discussion. As was once said by the wise Agent K: “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it
If somehow, someway, Lin does not get voted in as an All-Star starter, do any of the other players on board stand a chance of entering the league’s most elite level by next year? No, of course not. That would be ridiculous. But looking ahead, two, three years down the road, does anybody jump out as having All-Star potential? To me, the majority of youngsters on Houston’s roster (Royce White, Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Patrick Patterson, Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin, and Chandler Parsons) have very real ceilings dangling over their heads, but if placed in the right system have the skill sets to act as perfect complimentary cogs in a championship team’s rotation.
The one guy who I think has legitimate All-Star potential is Donatas Motiejunas, but I’m admittedly basing that off a few Summer League games and Chris Webber’s tirade of flattering commentary. Motiejunas is really tall, really tough, and can shoot three-pointers. Not a bad place to start, but to call him an All-Star is obviously jumping the gun.
So after seeing Morey’s tweet, how do you feel? Is there a guy on the roster who could be an All-Star soon, if ever? Or is this just a public ploy to juice up his own commodities for a blockbuster trade right before the February deadline?