Predicting the Houston Rockets’ Starting 5 If LeBron James Signs

Houston Rockets: Predicting the Starting Five if LeBron James Signs

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As time passes, it appears more and more plausible that LeBron James may choose to continue his career with a team other than the Miami Heat. The Houston Rockets would be able to offer James plenty of money as well as a legitimate annual shot at a championship, and are thus a serious contender for his services. Here's a look at the Rockets' probable starting five if LeBron goes on to sign in Houston.

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley

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Point Guard: Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley Point Guard
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Houston will have to trade Jeremy Lin to make room for LeBron's hypothetical contract, so the starting role at the point will continue to be Patrick Beverley's just as it was last season. Beverley is a fantastic defender who can help to make up for some of James Harden's deficiencies at that end, and he is also gradually improving as an offensive player.

Shooting Guard: James Harden

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Shooting Guard: James Harden

James Harden Shooting Guard
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This will be Harden's spot for a very long time. Even taking his sometimes horrifying defensive lapses into account, Harden is a wizard in the pick and roll, a very good shooter and would be impossible to guard in tandem with James.

Small Forward: LeBron James

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Small Forward: LeBron James

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LeBron joining the Rockets makes them the instant co-favorites with the San Antonio Spurs in the loaded Western Conference. James is a top-three presence at both ends of the court, and his athleticism and floor-running capabilities would allow him to fit right in with Houston's fast pace.

Power Forward: Terrence Jones

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Power Forward: Terrence Jones

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Terrence Jones developed nicely in 2013-14, upping his points per game to 12.1, shooting better from the field than he did during his rookie season and starting in 71 games. Still, Jones will need to become much more effective shooting from the perimeter in order to be the best fit with a LeBron-led Rockets team.

Center: Dwight Howard

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Center: Dwight Howard

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Having to get through Dwight Howard and LeBron in order to score is a pretty scary proposition for opposing offenses. Howard doesn't quite have that dominant aura around him that he had while with the Orlando Magic, but he's more or less the same player as ever; nobody commands the paint on both ends like he does.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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