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Houston Rockets: Five Realistic Options To Improve Immediately

By Andre Cantalogo
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Nov 20, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes (22) guards Houston Rockets guard K.J. McDaniels (32) during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies beat Houston Rockets 96-84. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

5 –  Give K.J. McDaniels The Minutes He Is Due

When trying to understand why the Houston Rockets are struggling this season, it doesn’t require major digging as many facts become clear upon  opening up the statistics chart.

There are glaring aspects the team must quickly straighten up and they’ve been overly reported by the media. For instance: the Rockets long, grueling battle with turnovers this season looks worse as Houston currently rank 29th out of 30 teams with 16.8 turnovers per game (1 more than last season when the Rockets ranked 28th).

Next in line is the three-point percentage: 30.6%,  ranking 29th in the NBA.

But how about adding to that list, Houston’s bench performance. A closer inspection shows Bickerstaff’s bench only registers 23.9 points per game (again 29th). What’s even more revealing is that the team is also dead last in bench minutes average (only 14.9 minutes).

The above stats are ludicrous. It shows either a coach that doesn’t trust his bench players, bad options or simply not enough of them. How’s that even possible when the team maintained most of their players and added an amazing piece in Ty Lawson? Something is obviously wrong.

The immediate answer for some of those problems? K.J. McDaniels. The small forward showed in preseason he can add something different to the table. He is a wild defender: can contribute grabbing rebounds and blocks coming from behind an opponent.

McDaniels could provide stability on the defensive end. He is a great slasher and his drives to the basket could attract defenders opening up the perimeter for a three-point shot.

There is absolutely  no reason why K.J. McDaniels right now can’t become the second option behind Trevor Ariza as Corey Brewer is having an utterly bizarre season with fans even questioning his presence on the team at all.

Make it happen coach J.B.!

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