By Sebastian Gonzalez on July 3, 2014
Apparently the arrival of Dwight Howard was only the first step in Daryl Morey's master plan. His draft picks in Clint Capela and Nick Johnson showed that he's got something big in the works. While things might change with the rumored arrival of Carmelo Anthony to Houston, here's a look at the current depth chart.
Patrick Beverley will no doubt be the starting point-guard for the Rockets come next season. The NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team player will bring grit and grind to a team that isn't known for its heart. And with Jeremy Lin almost absolutely leaving, Isaiah Canaan will jump ahead in the rotation. He's a dead-eye specialist from three-point territory and can facilitate when necessary. The Rockets might sign a veteran point guard as well.
Don't expect there to be any changes at the SG position for the Rockets. All-Star James Harden will be the focal point of the offense. He can drive to the rim with ease, draw fouls, create for others and step back and shoot threes. Even though Troy Daniels is a restricted free agent, all signs point to the three-point specialist returning to the Rockets. They also drafted Nick Johnson, an energy player who can also shoot lights out.
As of now, Chandler Parsons remains a Houston Rocket, but his status as a restricted-free agent puts certain question marks on his stay. A team could offer him a huge contract that the Rockets wouldn't want to match, or he could even end up being a trade piece in the Melo sweepstakes. Whatever the case, Daryl Morey has assured they want to keep Parsons. Their backup SF is D-League MVP Robert Covington, who can shoot and defend well.
For the time being, Terrence Jones is the starting PF for the Rockets. He's young, athletic and is still improving his outside shot. Donatas Motiejunas is another young player with an improved outside shot, but he's a much more refined post player. But Lamarcus Aldridge proved the Rockets need a huge upgrade at the four if they want to win. While Carmelo Anthony isn't a natural PF, his rumored arrival to the Rockets could have him starting here.
Dwight Howard still has freak athleticism, defends extremely well and is actually improving his post moves. But with Omer Asik being traded to the Pelicans for a future draft pick, the Rockets have a big hole in the backup. Swiss rookie Clint Capela was drafted in the first round, and while rumors had him being stashed in Europe for a year, there's been heavy talk of having him play immediately. Houston might sign a veteran big-man as well.
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