One of the reasons many NBA teams look at training camp as an important time for their team is that it gives their team the chance to look at young players in the preseason and gives them to chance to fill out holes deep in their roster. For the majority of the teams in the league, that’s what camp is all about.
However, it’s a bit of a different situation when it comes to the Houston Rockets as they are about to begin training camp this year.
With Rockets camp set to kick off soon, they will get the chance to look at young players like rookie Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington, will get to look at veterans like Ronnie Brewer and Omri Casspi, and will also get to see how their new additions like Dwight Howard will gel in their rotation. However, they will also have to whittle down their roster to size.
Currently, the Rockets have 19 players on their roster. In case you are unaware, the roster-limit for an NBA team heading into regular season is just 15 players, meaning that four or more players currently under contract with Houston won’t be there when the season begins.
Ultimately, we all know a lot of the guys who won’t be going anywhere for the Rockets. Dwight and James Harden, as well as players like Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley, are pretty much guaranteed spots on the final roster. However, when you get down to guys like Canaan, Covington and Brewer, their futures are a bit more uncertain. These players have a chance to find their way onto a Rockets team that could be a contender, but they are also at risk of not making the team at all. It will be curious to see where the Rockets decide to go after camp.