It’s been almost seven months and the Houston Rockets have yet to hire a new head coach. But finally the news has shifted to other topics like free agency which the Daily Rockets Science examines in this edition.
As the NBA head closer to its most anticipated offseason. Time is all but over for Dwight Howard‘s career with the Houston Rockets. Especially after his unexpected Q&A session with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.
While Howard’s departure will leave a huge void to fill at the center position. Houston may not be without a big man for long, as Al Horford emerged on the Rockets’ radar this summer.
After the rumors broke on Horford and the Rockets, Darren Yuvan of the Dream Shake ponders whether the two-time NCAA Champion would be a good fit in H-Town.
"Rumor has it that free-agent-to-be big man Al Horford is the top player on GM Daryl Morey’s “want” list, which is now being picked up elsewhere and was originally reported by Sean Deveney of the Sporting News. We wanted to take a closer look at this report, and that’s quite an impressive list of players, though it is good to hear that Horford is the ultimate prize."
While it is still a dream to sign Kevin Durant, perhaps the Rockets biggest prize this summer is Al Horford. Since entering the league nine years ago, he has been one of the most consistent and reliable big men in the NBA.
Although Horford may sound like a steal, a few critics have not forgotten the Rockets’ need for a stretch four. So much so, House of Houston‘s Yoni Pollak speculated could Ryan Anderson‘s time in Houston finally become a reality this summer?
"During every trade deadline, the Rockets and Anderson were always linked to each other. The Rockets favoring shooters from their 4 spot and Anderson being one of the better shooters from that position. Anderson joining the Rockets is a logical fit, though that could change depending on the coach. If the Rockets do hire Mike D’Antoni, expect GM Daryl Morey to make a hard push for Anderson. If the Rockets go the Stephen Silas-Lionel Hollins route, Anderson may not end up being the best fit."
Anderson is not a household name, but do not overlook his abilities on the courts. In a way, he may be the perfect four to play in the Rockets system. For fans who are not familiar with his game, think of Anderson as an upgraded version of Donatas Motiejunas.
Overall, it does not matter if the Rockets sign Horford, Anderson, or both. The biggest question heading into free agency is finding players who are willing to play with James Harden.
The Beard is by far one of the best premiere talents in the league. Unfortunately, his ball dominance and lack of effort on the defensive end may make Houston an unattractive destination this summer.
Along with other critics who continuously take shots at Harden. Matthew Hallett of Hoops Habits assumes the Rockets will never win a title with Harden as their main star.
"So, why is it that I say that Houston will not win a title with Harden as their main man? Simple: ball domination. Take this season as an example; Harden was awesome once he got going. It did take a game against his old franchise Oklahoma City to kick start his year that started with him going 12-for-54 from the floor in his first three games (a shocking 22 percent). The season did get better and Harden was able to score 2,000 points for the third time in four seasons. However, this start showed me that Houston was going to struggle this year; no Harden, no Houston."
Perhaps he could play defense a bit harder and share the ball more, but all of the Rockets’ failure this season are not James Harden’s fault!
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