The San Antonio Spurs signed the most coveted free agent on the market: LaMarcus Aldridge. In addition to signing Aldridge, the Spurs were also able to sign veteran forward David West, and 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. On paper, it appears the Spurs had the best off-season of the summer. However, 1 through 15, the Spurs current roster may not be the deepest team in the Association.
In order to find the team that added more depth to their roster, just head straight out Interstate I-10 East to Houston.With all the off-season moves General Manager Daryl Morey has made, the Houston Rockets arguably the deepest team in the Association.
The biggest move the Rockets made this summer came in July, when they acquired point guard Ty Lawson from the Denver Nuggets.Since entering the league in 2009, Lawson has become one of the most overlooked, yet, explosive point guards in the league. His ability to score the ball can take the scoring burden off James Harden. However Lawson is more of a pass-first point guard.
Lawson showed his ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates when he averaged a career-high 9.6 assists last season. And with the pick-and-rolls the Rockets like to run with Dwight Howard, there will be some exciting finishes around the rim this season.
With Ty Lawson and James Harden, the Rockets might have the most exciting and best backcourt duo in the league.Even after acquiring Lawson, the Rockets were still able to add more depth to their bench.
The Rockets resigned key producers Corey Brewer, and Jason Terry – two valuable reserves from last season. Even with the loss of forward Josh Smith to the LA Clippers, the Rockets were able to bounce back adding shooting specialistf Marcus Thornton. A versatile guard who will be more consistent than Smith.
It is unclear who the Rockets starting point guard will be heading into the season, but chances are Lawson’s credentials earn him the starting position. Which makes the league’s best defensive guard Patrick Beverley the number one option for the Rockets off the bench. And, don’t forget in the midst of all the moves, the Rockets were still able to retain forwards Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas, and veteran Trevor Ariza.
Comparatively the Rockets may not have as many big names players as the Spurs, but they depth and capabilities makes them dangerous. So, don’t be surprised if when June arrives if a certain Larry O’Brien trophy is being hoisted in Houston!
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