The Rockets have the potential, if they make all the right moves this offseason and get a little bit lucky, to be sitting on cloud nine come October.
Cloud nine, for the Houston Rockets, looks like having a roster full of players who are able and willing to play defense, capable of knocking down threes, and are excited to buy into Mike D’Antoni‘s new offensive system.
As of right now, the Rockets do not have the necessary components to consider themselves to be on cloud nine. Some of those pieces will have to be acquired through free agency, which is where the bit of luck becomes necessary.
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To better explain what the Rockets should be looking for this summer, Bleacher Report’s Kelly Scaletta opines on what their dream offseason would look like, and offers a rundown of what it would take to get it all done.
There were only eight players in the NBA last year who created 15 points per game, both passing and scoring…
…Russell Westbrook had Kevin Durant for a teammate. Stephen Curry had Klay Thompson. John Wall had Bradley Beal. Chris Paul had J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin. LeBron James had Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Damian Lillard had C.J. McCollum. Kyle Lowry had DeMar DeRozan.
Harden is the only one who did that without a teammate who averaged 15 points per game.
One player that was not mentioned in the previous article but could be looking at a return to Houston is Jeremy Lin. The point guard will be an unrestricted free agent and already has a great relationship with D’Antoni, stemming from his days with the New York Knicks. According to a video from Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, a second attempt at Linsanity in Houston could be in the cards.
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Aside from any moves made in free agency, it would be great for Houston if James Harden could rid himself of Lil B’s curse. Of course, the curse is nothing but nonsense, but Lil B still landed himself a guest spot on ESPN’s The Jump. He discussed what Harden did to bring the curse upon himself and what he must do to rid himself of it. Tracy McGrady also makes a notable appearance.
The Rockets have put themselves in position to make a run at multiple free agents and could return to being a dominant team come next season if it all comes to fruition. The potential is there to live the dream; we’ll just have to see what they do with it.
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