Trade Watch – If you want to know the latest on the Omer Asik situation and didn’t read Rahat’s latest post linking to Jonathan Feigen’s latest, please do so. In a nutshell, the Rockets are pleased with Terrence Jones at the 4 spot, so they’re really looking for some combination of a good 3 and D wing player, a backup center or draft picks.
Injury Updates – James Harden rolled his ankle during the game on Sunday. He returned to the court after X-rays came back negative, but he is listed as day-to-day. Jeremy Lin is day-to-day with back spasms.
The good news is, Harden’s ankle sprain gave us the most awesome free throws ever taken by a Houston Rocket. Mr. Miyagi would be proud. [read more…]
Jeremy Lin was out with back spasms. Terrence Jones had the flu. James Harden sprained his ankle during the game. Dwight Howard couldn’t hit a free throw (nor for that matter, could the Rockets as a whole). Garcia and Casspi could not hit anything, and Greg Smith in his first game back after a month fouled out in 20 minutes. It was that sort of a game, where while Houston started off strong, Sacramento took the lead in the 2nd quarter and everything from free throws to shooting to some interesting referee calls made things progressively worse as the game went on, resulting in the final dismal score.
Dwight Howard’s arrival in Houston signals the arrival of one of the most dominant players in basketball, along with one of the most polarizing personalities in sports. Here at Red94, we are embracing the drama of Superman’s first season as a Rocket with a weekly column: “DwightLife.”
Amid all of the trade rumors about Omer Asik, it’s clear that a lot is at stake for the Houston Rockets. The same is true for Dwight Howard. The player the Rockets trade for could have a significant and immediate impact on Howard’s production, longevity, and legacy.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at several rumored trade targets as they relate to Howard’s game: Thaddeus Young, Paul Millsap and Anderson Varejao. I’ll be grading by position, outside shooting, usage rate, defensive impact, and future potential. Since Young and Millsap would presumably be brought on to replace Terrence Jones, let’s start by judging Jones by the same metrics. [read more…]