By Cody Daniel @CodyDanielRS on May 24, 2014
After losing in Game 6 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs to the Portland Trailblazers, the weaknesses of the Houston Rockets were exposed. They can’t take that next step and become a championship contender until they upgrade at the point guard position and add more depth to a very shallow backcourt rotation. That said, these five guards could be a great fit for the Rockets with the 25th pick.
If the Rockets are looking for a short-term solution and want to win a championship in the next few years, Shabazz Napier would be the perfect option. Napier is the most NBA-ready point guard in the draft and is a proven winner, coming off of a NCAA championship victory at UConn. Napier doesn’t have the upside of the 19-year-old Tyler Ennis, but fills the point guard role right now.
It’s unlikely that Tyler Ennis would fall to the Rockets at No. 25, but it would be a dream scenario with Houston getting its point guard of the future. Ennis is only 19 and has tremendous upside along with a winning mentality. He wouldn’t make the Rockets immediate contenders, but a few years down the road, could be the franchise point guard.
The Rockets need another option at point guard as well as added depth to the wing behind Chandler Parsons. Kyle Anderson is a natural point-forward with the ability to facilitate the offense along with creating his own offense. Anderson might not be the best option for Houston, but he undoubtedly fills holes needed to become a contender.
Houston desperately needs depth in the backcourt and another reliable scoring option to compliment James Harden and Chandler Parsons. P.J. Hairston is an explosive and versatile scorer who can run both wing positions and open up things for Harden and make sure the offense doesn’t miss a beat when he’s on the bench.
After leading UCLA in scoring at 17.4 points per game, Jordan Adams proved he can thrive as the featured scoring option in an explosive offense. Adams could provide valuable minutes off the bench that could compliment James Harden’s productivity and allow Harden to even become a primary ball handler at times.
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