The Houston Rockets proved themselves to be a team to watch over the next couple of years. Over the 2012-2013 NBA season, the young Rockets continually showed flashes of brilliance and eventually made it to the playoffs. Though they were eliminated in the first round, it was quite apparent that this wouldn’t be James Harden and his team’s last trip to the postseason.
Harden was the obvious leader of this young Rockets team, leading the team in scoring and taking control of situations where that was needed. Chandler Parsons had a breakout season this year, as did Omer Asik. Jeremy Lin was inconsistent, but had an overall solid year. However, none of those guys will have the biggest impact on how far the Rockets go next season. Thomas Robinson may actually be the most important player for Houston next year.
That’s a strange thing to say about Robinson, a player that will be in his second season next year and was traded to the Rockets at the trade deadline. After all, he played in just 19 games for Houston and was on the floor for just 13 minutes per game. In that time he averaged just 4.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 0.8 steals per game on 44.9 percent shooting.
Power forward was easily the weakest position on the Rockets last season, though. They ran with a platoon of guys for the majority of the year, but none of them ever really were able to provide the rebounding and defensive help that they needed. Of the guys currently in house for the Rockets, Robinson is their best bet.
The Rockets have the salary cap flexibility to go out and try and acquire a big name free agent at power forward. However, if they choose to use that financial capability elsewhere and develop their own, Robinson should get the most touches. He’s a young player that has shown potential and they need to see what he can do given a full-time opportunity.