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With Ty Lawson Addition Are Houston Rockets Deepest Team in West? Part 1

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Apr 24, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Center This

After a season of injury and coming so close to a Finals appearance Dwight Howard will want to have a standout healthy season. What makes the odds of him being healthier (besides having some luck) is the supporting cast he has.

Obviously Motiejunas can play either position and even Jones can play the center in small ball. However the big gain for Houston was the emergence of Clint Capela late last season.

The growth he made in such a short time was a sign he has the potential ceiling to become a very solid producer in the future.  He’ll need to work on his mid range shot and continue to improve his defensive prowess, but his initial foray into the playoffs showcased raw talent.

The center position is the only spot on the Rockets roster that isn’t 3 deep, but is that really the case?

The stand out performance of Alan Williams in Vegas turned a lot of heads and since he’d be playing behind Howard and Capela isn’t he a worthy signing?

If Williams could master defense of the pick and roll via time spent with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League the Rockets could have a real gem in their hands.

He averaged a double-double in his last college season of 17.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. He shot a somewhat low percentage for a center (45.8%) but was good from the stripe (76.8%) and showcased in Vegas he had made improvements to his body as the draft process had teams pointing out he needed to improve that aspect of his game.

The fact he showed up in Vegas with a more honed body speaks to his dedication and willingness to improve.

My perspective is he’s worth the shot given you don’t find double-double machines like him often and the Rockets could get him for a song at this point and lock him down for a couple of years on a cheap contract.

Next: Analyzing the Intangibles

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