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@  thejohnnygold : (24 July 2019 - 04:30 PM) The McLemore/Bennett pick-n-roll will be unstoppable :)
@  slick shoes : (23 July 2019 - 03:04 PM) McLemore is an interesting add. Apparently we are gathering all of the first round flops of the past few years
@  Mario Peña : (12 July 2019 - 03:06 AM) WHOA.
@  slick shoes : (08 July 2019 - 09:16 PM) I would have to assume that to bring in Russ we'd have to ship out CP. I don't see it working any other way.
@  thejohnnygold : (08 July 2019 - 08:45 PM) The money makes it virtually impossible...I wouldn't worry. I have to admit I find the idea of having Paul, Harden, and Westbrook on the floor together intriguing.
@  slick shoes : (08 July 2019 - 02:51 PM) im going to go ahead and pass on any westbrook to houston deals. iso hell.
@  slick shoes : (30 June 2019 - 11:43 PM) trevor ariza has absolutely zero interest in returning to houston lol
@  slick shoes : (28 June 2019 - 08:16 PM) Id rather lose EG or Clint than PJ and ONLY if were getting Jimmy. Sounds like we have a trade partner for Clint if Jimmy isnt using us for leverage for his 5 year max offer.
@  thejohnnygold : (26 June 2019 - 11:33 PM) Do y'all think if we all tweet at Morey to NOT trade PJ he'd listen?
@  slick shoes : (21 June 2019 - 01:20 AM) ....and the new uniforms are trash.
@  thejohnnygold : (15 June 2019 - 02:05 PM) Agreed. Although, the injury narrative will probably keep them chirping.
@  slick shoes : (14 June 2019 - 02:40 PM) SO glad all of the Warriors fanboys can crawl back into their respective holes for an entire year. Good for Toronto/Canada as well.
@  thejohnnygold : (05 June 2019 - 07:33 PM) I think so.
@  slick shoes : (04 June 2019 - 07:20 PM) Dame and CJ #2 I assume?
@  thejohnnygold : (30 May 2019 - 05:42 PM) 3rd best backcourt in the NBA!!!
@  slick shoes : (29 May 2019 - 09:04 PM) im sure hed be great alongside jrue holiday and no one else. 100% iso ball all the time.
@  thejohnnygold : (29 May 2019 - 06:46 PM) Anthony Davis + the #1 pick?
@  slick shoes : (29 May 2019 - 05:39 PM) shopping the entire team including james. what is the point if you trade our best player away? what could we possibly get in return that is equal value of james harden?
@  slick shoes : (11 May 2019 - 02:07 AM) turnovers and missed free throws the theme of the game thus far. throwing away endless points.
@  thejohnnygold : (09 May 2019 - 01:35 PM) I wish we had found a way to steal that game...it was there for the taking.

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#1 redfaithful

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 07:10 PM

Just read this article about Fred VanVleet, and the following sentence made me think about the Rockets:

 

"But I think the better explanation is that the Raptors have been absolutely incredible at developing talent. Here’s a stunning fact: The Raptors do not have a single player on their roster who was selected in the lottery of the NBA draft."

 

As a Rockets fan, the thing that I find most disappointing about the Rockets as an organization is the inability to put home grown players on the court when things matter, deep into the playoffs. Of the 9 players that played in the awful home loss to the Durant-less Warriors, only one (Capela) was developed by the Rockets. When I look at the Warriors, Nuggets, Portland, the Bucks and the Raptors, they all lean heavily on home grown talent, many times lower picks that became meaningful players. And that's without mentioning the Spurs...

 

And to add insult to injury, many players who started their career in Houston and shipped out for "better commotidy" flourish elsewhere. I guess this is not a metric that Morey and the smart people he employs take into account. So it's about time they do. Otherwise we will continue to have "Free Agency 20xx" threads in this forum, and new faces will come and leave, but the result will remain the same.

 


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#2 thejohnnygold

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 05:11 PM

Just read this article about Fred VanVleet, and the following sentence made me think about the Rockets:

 

"But I think the better explanation is that the Raptors have been absolutely incredible at developing talent. Here’s a stunning fact: The Raptors do not have a single player on their roster who was selected in the lottery of the NBA draft."

 

As a Rockets fan, the thing that I find most disappointing about the Rockets as an organization is the inability to put home grown players on the court when things matter, deep into the playoffs. Of the 9 players that played in the awful home loss to the Durant-less Warriors, only one (Capela) was developed by the Rockets. When I look at the Warriors, Nuggets, Portland, the Bucks and the Raptors, they all lean heavily on home grown talent, many times lower picks that became meaningful players. And that's without mentioning the Spurs...

 

And to add insult to injury, many players who started their career in Houston and shipped out for "better commotidy" flourish elsewhere. I guess this is not a metric that Morey and the smart people he employs take into account. So it's about time they do. Otherwise we will continue to have "Free Agency 20xx" threads in this forum, and new faces will come and leave, but the result will remain the same.

 

I hear you.  I would prefer to see a little (meaning A LOT) more reliance on development vs. all of this "trading up".

 

Marcus Morris.  Patrick Patterson.  Robert Covington.  Montrezl Harrell.  Dillon Brooks.  DeAnthony Melton (we'll see).  Nikola Mirotic.  P-Bev counts in my book.  I mean, if we are really just going to sit back and jack 3's all day why did we not keep Troy Daniels (I know...I've probably beat this dead horse dozens of times...)?  I get his defense is nothing to write home about, but check out these shooting numbers:

 

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Are you going to tell me we can't defend at a better clip than 1.2-1.5 points per possession with him on the floor?  He is a flat out monster from the corners.  Come on...

 

Swallow this pill: our last 1st rd. pick was Sam Dekker in 2015.

 

As a fan, I find it far more rewarding to root for the home team.  We're stuck rooting for this year's crop of mercenaries.  Yay!


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