Predicting Houston Rockets’ Final 15-Man Roster
Predicting Houston Rockets' Final 15-Man Roster
The Houston Rockets are one of the most intriguing teams heading into the 2013-14 NBA season. They won, or lost depending on who you ask, the sweepstakes for the right to sign Dwight Howard to a max deal. The addition of Howard to a team that was already playoff-caliber makes the Rockets immediate title contenders this season.
This is the second year in a row that the Rockets have made a splashy roster addition. In fact, they had two last year. First, they signed Jeremy Lin and his hype to a deal so he could be the point guard of the future. Then they pulled off the blockbuster trade of the year when they scooped James Harden away from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Harden lived up to billing, finishing fifth in the league in scoring last season. He didn’t have enough help, however. Defenses were able to focus their attentions solely on him, especially as Lin struggled to break down defenses and find easy shots for others. Howard should change all that.
The reserves in Houston are championship-caliber as well. They have a good mix of young players with upside and veterans who can provide stability and leadership. Good teams have great starting fives, and great teams go eight or even nine guys deep. The Rockets will be as deep as any team in the league this year.
This is going to be a fun season for the Houston fans. They have two sure-fire All-Stars to go along with several other quality players. They have all the players to be holding the championship trophy at the end of the year — on paper that is.
These are players who will make the final 15-man roster for the Houston Rockets this season.
Jeremy Lin, PG
Jeremy Lin came over last year to be the franchise point guard in Houston. He had a solid season, but his skills might be better suited as a shooting guard.
James Harden, SG
James Harden is one of the elite scorers in the league and a key piece for the Rockets' championship aspirations this year.
Chandler Parsons, SF
Chandler Parsons is a budding star in the NBA. If he continues to develop, he'll make a great No. 3 for the Rockets.
Omer Asik, C
A solid big-man, Omer Asik averaged a double-double last season.
Dwight Howard, C
Dwight Howard was brought in to be the best player on a championship team. It's time we found out for sure if he's great or just really good.
Donatas Motiejunas, F/C
Donatas Motiejunas is a good young player who was a first-round pick just a couple of years ago. He'll get plenty of minutes as the first big man off the Houston bench this season.
Aaron Brooks, PG
Aaron Brooks has shown the ability to score at the NBA level. Last season, he averaged eight points in only 20 minutes of action per game for the Sacramento Kings. Brooks is the kind of guy who can spark the second unit.
Patrick Beverley, PG
Patrick Beverley showed flashes of talent last year, especially in the playoffs. He'll find playing time tough to come by this year though.
Isaiah Canaan (R), PG
A talented rookie out of Murray State, Isaiah Canaan will push for playing time in a crowded Rockets point guard group.
Francisco Garcia, SG/SF
Another quality backup, Francisco Garcia is a valuable swing man who has versatility at both ends of the floor.
Ronnie Brewer, F
A defensive specialist, Ronnie Brewer will be the lockdown man for the second unit in Houston this season.
Omri Casspi, SF
Playing time will be tough to come by for Omri Casspi, but he's a quality emergency option if the Rockets have some injuries to their forwards.
Reggie Williams, SG
Reggie Williams is a good backup at the shooting guard position. He averaged 3.7 points in just under 10 minutes of playing time for the Charlotte Bobcats last year.
Terrence Jones, F
Terrence Jones is another one of the talented young players that the Rockets have on their bench. A former first-round pick, Jones will push for playing time again this year.
Marcus Camby, C
At some point ,Macus Camby will be too old to play in the NBA. I'm just not willing to believe it yet.