On health and durability

I had started writing this like a month ago and then decided I didn’t feel like finishing it and haven’t written anything since. But Kevin Pelton’s latest projections at ESPN.com, which have the Rockets finishing first in the West next season, reminded me that I had wanted to finish this particular post.

The reader raises an interesting point which I plan to address. But first, the matter of season predictions where we’ve, in recent weeks, seen betting and statistical models almost across the board hold the Rockets in very high regard while conventional wisdom has sort of treated them as an afterthought in the euphoria over the imminent relevance of both L.A. teams. Its interesting to me because Houston finishing first in the West should not really be a hot take. I personally have serious questions and concerns over what they can accomplish in the postseason but I’m expecting a pretty dominant regular season output. Really, the main barrier to 2017-2018’s glorious ceiling is the ridiculous parity out West. But the Rockets have depth, the return of their core components (with just Paul swapped out for Westbrook, of course), and most importantly, the expected health and availability of both superstars. None of the other contenders in the West can say the same.

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Anthony Bennett: A second chance

In 2013, a young sharp shooting power forward named Anthony Bennett from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) was drafted first by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After playing in 35 games for UNLV, he averaged 16.1 points per game on 53.3% shooting and 37.5% from deep. While he did suffer from a nagging shoulder injury during his lone collegiate year, there was solid belief among NBA scouts that he could be a very strong player in the professional league.

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Oh, the highs and lows of summer

I was depressed today and wasn’t sure why until it hit me that basketball season is truly over. There’s no content left on Twitter. No speculation of moves to come or even analysis of how Westbrook fits – that’s all already been done. And with the recent consensus that the Rockets are probably done, it finally sets in that we have three months of nothing. Or rather, my wife’s favorite time of the year.

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