As Rahat splendidly wrote in his last two articles, the Rockets are officially moving on, sans Dwight Howard, with a younger than young nucleus of players who boast little to no playing experience. Now that Howard isn’t a distraction, we can officially begin to sketch a skeletal outline of the team’s immediate future.
There’s an almost certain chance the 2012-13 Rockets won’t looking anything like the 2013-14 version, so predicting things has inherent difficulties, and unless every one of these rookies pans out and Daryl Morey chooses to hold steady instead of selling high (the latter scenario being the more likely one, being that we know he’s dangerously obsessed with acquiring a superstar), labeling anything a youth movement could be shortsighted.
All that being said, here’s a look at what we know the Rockets have, and a few possibilities that could materialize over the next few years. [read more…]
According to ESPN, a four-team deal which will send Dwight Howard to the Lakers appears to be complete. In it, Andrew Bynum will be sent to the 76ers with guard Arron Afflalo, some worthless draft picks, and two other unnotables heading to Florida.
Barring a major trade, the Houston Rockets will enter the season with an impressive collection of young talent. Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lamb, Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons, Donatas Motiejunas, Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris, Royce White, and Terrence Jones are all under 26 years old and all carry some degree of promise as a player in this league. The situation brings to mind the last time the franchise had a similar makeup: 2002, the year Les Alexander infamously dubbed his squad “one of the great teams ever assembled.”
A thread this morning in the discussion forum brought to mind a topic I’ve pondered for some time: how exactly are the demographics of Rockets fans composed? The question holds significance because, as we can infer from the Jeremy Lin signing, business implications do hold bearing on personnel decisions.
Before beginning my annual process of circling three Rockets games from the future to which I’m most looking forward to viewing, a few roadblocks had to be broken down. And by a few, I really mean one gigantic brick wall of uncertainty standing in the way of a clear opinion: the roster.
Thus far, Houston’s offseason has been one of personnel fluidity—rumors, hopes, disappointment, and excitement, all wrapped in about a two month span. However, this past week a lot of the day dreams changed when Jeremy Lamb, Royce White, and Terrence Jones signed their first NBA contracts. As far as I know, players signed to rookie deals aren’t allowed to be traded for 30 days upon putting ink to paper on their first contracts, meaning those three are now off the table in any Dwight Howard/Superstar X trade possibility for the time being, giving Houston’s 2012-13 roster a clearer outline. (Once again, for the time being.) Taking this into account then including the team’s two major free agent acquisitions—Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik—a temporarily suitable roster can now be made. [read more…]