Space City Scoop Round Table – Houston Rockets Off Season, Part 1

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Jan 3, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Q5:What are your feelings about the Ty Lawson trade? Was this the best option for the Rockets to improve their PG position?

Andre: Lawson was the best option on the market yes. After all that drama revolving around his image I’ve seen a lot of articles doubting and questioning Lawson; but I don’t buy into that as I feel the Rockets now have an amazing point guard who can lead the team, drive to the basket, score from the outside and has an arsenal of assists at his disposal. This will relieve some of Harden’s offensive burden; besides that the Rockets now have two intriguing possibilities at the point: Setting it up aggressively with Ty or going for defense with Beverley.

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Coty: The best move of the off season! Last year James Harden was not just the Rockets primary scorer, but also their main ball handler. Adding the all-star caliber point guard Ty Lawson was the best option for the Rockets. Lawson gives the Rockets someone who can take some of the scoring burden off James Harden, and the ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates.

Eric: I’m a huge fan of the Ty Lawson trade, mainly because the Rockets didn’t give up any key players from last season’s squad to get Lawson. Also, if Lawson fixed his off-court issues, he is arguably a top 10 point guard that can carry the offense at times.

James: As I said before, it provides some security at the point guard position. I think Morey really answered Harden’s call to attention at that position, and Lawson has proven he can play in this league. Now it’s just a matter of him getting his head on straight, and gelling with this team. Was it the best option? Maybe not, but it’s by no means a bad one. Lawson has plenty of good years left. It’s up to him how he wants to play out the final years of his NBA career.

John: It’s a great move for us, we essentially gave up nothing substantial and gained a really good PG. Lawson will help take some pressure off Harden and Howard because you have to know where Lawson is at all times. And, it’s an upgrade offensively on Beverley who would disappear at times.

Joshua: I love the Ty Lawson trade. The Rockets have suffered at the point guard position the past couple of seasons. Ty Lawson is also underrated. He was third in assists last year, and averaged 15 points a game. With Lawson, the Rockets have a second legitimate ball handler that can take some of the pressure off of James Harden. A lot of people have mentioned that risk in trading for Lawson, but what is there to risk when you traded him for players that weren’t even in the Rockets rotation? Morey landed a top ten point guard for nothing.

NT: Bringing in Ty Lawson was a definite upgrade to the position. No knock against Patrick Beverley, but Beverley is better suited coming off the bench, where he can concentrate on applying 94 feet of defensive pressure. Like most people, I liked the trade for Lawson, simply because the team is still intact and was not stripped of any major pieces for the most part. But I didn’t love the trade. No question, he is a very talented play maker. I’m not sure if he is the right floor leader for the Rockets. This team has a tendency of being an extension of the lack of enthusiasm demonstrated by Head Coach, Kevin McHale. I still think it would have been best for the Rockets to acquire Jarrett Jack, because he would have motivated the Rockets. Last season, the Rockets started too many games flat and indifferent. Only time will tell if Ty Lawson can guide the Rockets to a NBA Championship.

Trey: Since Monta Ellis took off to Indiana in a hurry, I do believe Ty Lawson was the best option. He will have to bring it though, he’s now on a top 4 team in the West.

Tamberlyn: This trade had to rank in the top 3 moves of the off season! Give up 4 players who cumulatively wouldn’t have seen the court as much as Lawson or amassed the numbers he’ll put up and it’s literally a no brainer. Further as of today, only Nick Johnson remains with the Nuggets, so how do you argue the trade wasn’t a steal for the Rockets? Though McHale has stated the starting position is undecided it’s hard not to project forward to the damage James Harden and Ty Lawson could ravage on opposing teams.

Considering the Rockets entered the off season with Pablo Prigioni as the only point guard on the roster it’s incredulous that they now are arguably the deepest in the Association at that position. Lawson provides a viable play maker with many of the same skill sets as Harden, Beverley is a top 3 defensive point guard with a fire to improve, Marcus Thornton can light it up off the bench and Jason Terry offers a reliable veteran who can fit whatever role you ask of him.

Tomorrow we finish up off season via part 2 where we look at the Marcus Thornton trade and take an up close look at Daryl Morey including assigning him a grade for his summer efforts.

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