Dwight Howard, Dwight Howard, Dwight Howard! Nearly everybody in the media is choosing Howard as the #1 free agent of this year and how the Houston Rockets can manage to pry him away from the media and marketing juggernaut, the Los Angeles Lakers.
But before you turn away from that boring redundancy, I have some interesting insight for you all. Other pieces that the Houston Rockets may be giving up for Dwight Howard may be even more precious.
Apr 9, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard Francisco Garcia (32) reacts after making a three point basket during the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Recently, it has been announced that the Houston Rockets have parted ways with role players Francisco Garcia, Aaron Brooks and Carlos Delfino to free up cap space in order to sign up big players in NBA free agency. After all the super star talk is over, could it be that this season’s #8 seed is giving up many vital parts to the #7 seed?
Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant (whenever healthy,) Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard are a great starting lineup. However, the Los Angeles Lakers were missing something vital last year that could have proved crucial in their NBA Conference ranking. They needed sufficient role players and Antwain Jamison and Jodie Meeks just did not deliver in that perspective. On the other hand whether starting or coming off the bench, Francisco Garcia, Aaron Brooks and Carlos Delfino have proven a great value to the Houston Rockets that has been lost thanks to their pursuit into free agency.
They could be vital to a D’antoni high scoring offense that the Houston Rockets’ #1 scoring were attempting to do with these vital pieces, scoring tons of 3s. Steve Nash, Steve Blake or whoever Steve Nash’s protege (Aaron Brooks?) may be can drive to the hoop penetrating to the offense before scoring or distracting before dribbling it out to a 3-point shooter like Garcia, Brooks or Delfino can shoot a trey dropping the hammer down on their opponents, in converse to the Lakers former opponents 2002’s Mike Bibby’s Sacramento Kings or oddly enough current Laker, former Phoenix Sun Steve Nash-Mike D’antoni’s shoot ’em up offense.
Also, as significant boards are, Francisco Garcia’s defense against the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and the steals of Aaron Brooks and Carlos Delfino may make up for the rebounding comparisons to Dwight Howard.