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The Rockets Daily – October 15, 2013

Breaking GoodESPN Insider’s Amin Elhassan lists Chandler Parsons as one of eight guys he expects to have a breakout year while still on a rookie contract. He explains:

With the offseason acquisition of Dwight Howard, Parsons shifts from a secondary scoring option to a tertiary one. What this means is opposing defenses have to focus most of their efforts on stopping Howard and James Harden, which will allow Parsons to feast on poorer individual defenders and exploit weakside defenses.

I’ll put it another way. Dwight Howard made Hedo “Love Handles” Turkoglu look like a borderline All-Star. Imagine what he can do for Parsons.

Mull It Omer – In the season preview for the New Orleans Pelicans, Bill Simmons throws out a trade proposal that many fans are already thinking about: Omer Asik straight-up for Ryan Anderson (skip to 7:15 in the video).

Is Anderson a better fit next to Howard than Asik? Yes, but that’s the wrong question to ask. The real question is, “Does Anderson bring more value to Houston’s roster than Asik?”

I would say he does not. Anderson brings great shooting, good rebounding, and no defense to the table. His value over Omri Casspi, Donatas Motiejunas, Terrence Jones, Francisco Garcia or even Parsons filling the stretch 4 role is marginal at best. The league is becoming crowded with big wings who can provide 75 to 80 percent of what Anderson gives on the offensive end. Finally, consider this nugget from Anderson’s ESPN Insider profile:

Last season, New Orleans was 7.3 points per 100 possessions worse on defense with him on the floor.

Bleah.

However, the Rockets have no replacement for Asik’s ability to give the Rockets 48 minutes of elite rim protection, and he gives them the option of a bruising twin-towers frontcourt with which to exploit certain matchups or hang with big teams like the Grizzlies.  His skill set is in high demand, and he is a safety net in the event of a brief injury to Howard.

Unless he’s getting a verified All-Star like Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge, I don’t see Daryl Morey sending Asik anywhere.

Tweet That – James Harden gets the drop on Dwight Howard on the flight back from Taipei.


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About the author: John Eby got on the Rockets bandwagon in 1994 and never got off. He is a public relations guy and recovering TV journalist living in South Carolina.

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