Melo’s role on the Rockets

I agree that while he’ll likely start, it’s essentially a bench role. Where I disagree is that “[h]e doesn’t need to be able to defend starters[.]” I don’t think this is really an accurate way to look at the relationship between players and lineups. Teams don’t play their five starters and then sub in an entirely different set. They mix and match, such that there end up being moments–perilous moments–when Ryan Anderson is sharing the court with Stephen Curry during Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Over the course of 82 games, this doesn’t matter much; in the playoffs, these moments are magnified and as we saw, can in some ways be the deciding factor.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Anthony will be a net positive for the team during the regular season. He’s still a capable scorer and will ease the burden on James Harden and Chris Paul in that regard. Most teams won’t really be able to make him pay. But in their matchups last year, the Rockets hunted Anthony out to where he became unplayable for the Thunder. That will certainly happen against Golden State. On the one hand, one might argue this is much ado about nothing – he can still be a positive addition, even if he cannot play against Golden State. On the other hand, everything the Rockets do should be in preparation for Golden State. Nothing else matters. I don’t want to end up in the situation again where the team has become reliant upon a rotation which must be pared down to seven players against the Warriors, because the rest of the regulars cannot play. That over-exertion was a factor in Chris Paul’s injury.

 

About the author: Rahat Huq is a lawyer in real life and the founder and editor-in-chief of Red94.net.

2 comments… add one

2
Leave a Reply

avatar
1 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
2 Comment authors
redninetyfourChester Tucker Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Chester Tucker
Guest
Chester Tucker

I am pretty sure Melo will start. I’ll bet that has already been discussed. It may be something like they did with Paul where he plays the 1st 5 or 6 minutes and then subs out..

redninetyfour
Guest
redninetyfour

i agree.

  • Chester Tucker Jul 24, 2018 @ 9:48

    I am pretty sure Melo will start. I’ll bet that has already been discussed. It may be something like they did with Paul where he plays the 1st 5 or 6 minutes and then subs out..

  • redninetyfour Jul 24, 2018 @ 12:28

    i agree.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Follow Red94 for occasional rants, musings, and all new post updates
Read previous post:
So Melo will finally be a Rocket

https://twitter.com/NBAonTNT/status/1021389301534339072 After what feels like a decade-long chase, dating back to his days with the Denver Nuggets, it looks like...

Close