Will Greg Smith Start at Power Forward for Houston Rockets?
The Houston Rockets have one of the most intriguing rosters in the NBA, largely because of the huge amount of talent that they have. They now have arguably the best center in the league in Dwight Howard to go along with burgeoning superstar James Harden and the vastly underrated Chandler Parsons. However, not everything is certain in Houston with their rotation.
There are still questions about who will emerge as the starting point guard between Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley, which leaves that situation kind of in limbo. Even more uncertain than their point guard position, though, is what the Rockets are going to do at the power forward position.
One idea that the Rockets could entertain is putting their starting center from last season, Omer Asik, at the power forward. However, there’s no guarantee that would be successful and it could actually wind up being a disaster. Because of that, the Rockets are more likely going to look at the power forwards already on their roster.
Given Terrence Jones’ latest incident where he was arrested for kicking a homeless man, it seems like the starting power forward job belongs to third-year forward Greg Smith as of right now.
Smith played in 70 games for Houston last season and, though he played a limited role, he looked solid. He averaged six points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in just 15.9 minutes per game while shooting a solid 62 percent from the floor.
Smith will likely compete for the job with Donatas Motiejunas, but since Motiejunas was wildly inconsistent in his limited opportunity last season, Smith seems like the most likely player to emerge as the starter.
The Rockets don’t need Smith to be the focal-point of the offense or anything. They have a ton of talent elsewhere in their lineup to take that role. However, if Smith can come in and produce on the boards and efficiently convert on scarce scoring chances, he’ll be the right man for the job.