Well, we’re here. Saturday marks the start of the 2011-2012 basketball season with our beloved Rockets warming up in a pre-season exhibition against their rivals from San Antonio. To usher in the new year, I got together with two of my favorite Rockets writers, Tom Martin from The Dreamshake, and Jason Friedman of Rockets.com. What ensues are some brief takes on the team in 2012.
1. Which Houston Rocket is most likely to have a breakout season?
Jason: I can’t wait to see what Kyle Lowry has in store for us this year. If it’s a relative repeat of what we’ve seen from him the past two years, great. If, however, he can maintain his March numbers (20 ppg, 8 apg, 5 rpg, .427 3-pt%) over the course of an entire season, we’re talking All Star.
Tom: If Carl Landry could “break out” playing behind Luis Scola, I’ve got a hunch Patrick Patterson can do the same. Like Landry, he’s a dynamic, spread-the-floor scorer and owns a seemingly patented “Scrappy Houston Rockets Motor.” That said, Patterson brings more to the table on the glass and on defense, and with Kevin McHale now on board, I expect his post play to improve significantly.
Rahat: Johnny Flynn was so bad in Minnesota that we forget he is a former #6 overall pick. Now healthy and in a more conventional system (the Wolves ran the triangle), I think Flynn bounces back and at least looks like an NBA player. Daryl Morey will have decisions to make between the former Syracuse standout and Goran Dragic.
Due to popular demand, we’re going to need to create multiple leagues. I’m going to push all fantasy basketball-related discussion into the forum so we can get organized.
Please register so we can get a total head-count. Then we’ll divide up the leagues evenly and get to setting the rules. Spread the word if you have friends who would like to participate. We’d like to close it off pretty soon and get underway.
Some of you have suggested that we create some sort of Red94 fantasy basketball league for this upcoming season. I’m completely open to that if there is enough interest. (I’m guessing we’ll need at least 10 participants to make it worthwhile.)
Please respond in the comments or shoot me an email if you’re interested. I also will need someone to manage the whole thing, so let me know if you’d like to do that, as well.
We’ll kick things off before opening night, so spread the word, and I’ll retweet this accordingly. Thanks.
Jacob Mustafa: Holy Christums, Eric, this is why these guys waited so long to start the season: the NBA has no clue what the hell is going on (and nor do I). Tyson Chandler, David West and Lamar Odom, a guy who wasn’t even a free agent going into this three-week orgy of knee-jerk reactions we’re calling an offseason, have all essentially switched teams more than once in the past three days. Anyone over the height of 6’9″ has been signed to an offer sheet worth more than $10 million; Olden Polynice just bought a new Hummer, and they don’t even make those anymore. And Chris Paul hates David Stern almost as much as Dell Demps and Daryl Morey do. Speaking of our fair leader, I’ve appreciated his Frank White-esque mentality with regard to making trades, splashing the Rockets’ name on basically anything resembling a big deal. Can’t knock a man for trying to save his job, if not quite a team. Read More