Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE
Some fans love it. Some fans hate it. Either way the Houston Rockets will have another season filled with small lineups on the floor. As a matter of fact, if Omer Asik is on the bench the Rockets will have no choice but to go small.
Guys like Donatas Motiejunas, Patrick Patterson, Jajuan Johnson and maybe even Royce White and Terrence Jones will be called upon to play guys who are just plain bigger, stronger and more experienced. I’m not sure if I can handle another season of watching Patterson attempting to play center.
I think coach Kevin McHale will try many different combinations of players to see who plays well with who and what style of play they fit best in. The Rockets could potentially get off to a slow start this season due to that style of play, but in the long run it will help them figure out the rotation.
It helps that guys like White and Jones can play multiple positions. This technique could frustrate other teams. The Rockets could throw out a lineup where Motiejunas is the biggest man on the floor for them. This could go really well or really bad depending on who they’re going up against. The Rockets will most likely be the faster, more athletic team, but they will also be the weaker, less experienced team.
The Rockets will need these players to grow up fast and produce at a high level, if not the season will go down the drain quickly. I expect a big year from Royce White. He will most likely be put into multiple different spots to do many different things. He can shoot, pass and handle the ball like a point guard but he’s built like Charles Barkley. Look for him to make a huge impact and to get steady minutes if he contributes consistently.