Today’s game offered a pretty interesting development which we hadn’t seen yet all season – a very healthy dose of Patrick Patterson in the post. In fact, during stretches in the 4th, this seemed to be the team’s exclusive go-to option. The decision was rather curious because a) we had never seen the team feature Patterson like this in any game in his entire career and b) based on recollection, Patterson isn’t particularly good in the post.
I decided to dig a bit into the numbers via SynergySports.
This year, in 77 post-up attempts, Patterson is shooting 40% and scoring 44% of the time.
Needing a frame of reference, I deliberated for some time on who to choose. Carl Landry? Luis Scola would be pointless as I figured his numbers would eclipse Patterson’s. I decided to look regardless.
In 214 attempts, Scola has shot 41% and converted 38.8% of the time, numbers very similar to Patterson.
Granted, Scola’s is a) a much larger sample size and b) comes against much better defenders. So it would be absurd to argue that the two are on equal level of effectiveness. But what the numbers show, I think, is that with the team short-handed and already without an isolation star, Patterson might be good enough to at the very least test out in the post, as was done tonight.
In light of three months of rumor-filled speculation, today’s acquisitions of veterans Marcus Camby and Derek Fisher can only be described as disappointing and underwhelming. Yet stepping away from that backdrop, this team today is much improved from the one that took the floor last night at Toyota Center.
In acquiring Marcus Camby, the Rockets have addressed their greatest weakness, adding a player who ranks amongst the tops in the league in rebounding and shot blocking per 48 minutes. Often forced to play forward Luis Scola at center, coach Kevin McHale can now rest assured knowing he will have a rim protector at his disposal for all 48 minutes (Samuel Dalembert). Jordan Hill, despite his energy and activity on the glass, simply could not maintain the defensive focus necessary to help a team with playoff aspirations. The veteran Camby is a massive upgrade.
Sitting now at 8th, the Rockets have a nucleus which should ensure a playoff berth this season and very well could shock a top-seeded team in a series. The neutral reports I’ve seen of this trade now rate the Rockets as rather dangerous, with a solid interior quartet of Scola, Dalembert, Patterson, and Camby. There is no star on this roster, but after today, there really are no holes. After some of the rumors and reports about this group, McHale must be beyond thrilled to be adding the 37-year-old to his lockerroom, heading into April.
At that cost, while not sacrificing financial flexibility, this was a very good move by Daryl Morey.
The Houston Rockets have agreed to terms on a deal to acquire veteran center Marcus Camby from the Portland Trail Blazers, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
The deal that has been submitted to the league office for approval, sources said, calls for Houston to send guard Jonny Flynn, center Hasheem Thabeet and a future second-round pick to the Blazers for Camby, who has maintained an offseason residence in Houston for some time and has always liked the idea of playing for the Rockets.