Houston Rockets Game 30 of 2015-16 featured the Magic in another tough contest between the teams culminating in a loss.
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 30 of 2015-16 versus the Orlando Magic.
The Houston Rockets added draft picks and signed free agents to improve upon an especially mediocre 41-41 campaign. Big man Dwight Howard left for Atlanta while free agents Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Nene Hilario and Pablo Prigioni joined Houston in free agency.
Hopes are these additions and the growth of existing assets will translate into a season similar to 2014-15. While fans wait for opening night on October 26th versus the Lakers hopefully this series will appease your cravings.
To that end, this series showcases the Rockets 82 games noting the pregame analysis, post game grades, and relevant video. Furthermore, SCS will highlight significant changes made by their opponents this summer. So, here it is – – enjoy all 82 posts as SCS takes you back over the 2015-16 season.
Game 30 – Orlando Magic
Houston and Orlando faced overtime in their first outing and given the tough schedule cued up the pregame focused on the need to not take the Magic for granted. Harden and company were also looking to extend their win streak to 4 games in a row.
Post Game Analysis:
Taking the Magic for granted wasn’t a wise decision as Orlando took a 20 to 10 lead early prior to the Rockets going on their own 19-3 run. Inevitably the Magic pulled off the win over Howard’s prior team as noted in Coty Davis post game.
In a rare occasion Ty Lawson took top Rockets grade honors while Nikola Vucevic came out on top for the Magic.
NBA.com box score
Rockets Games vs Magic in 2016-17
- January 6th in Florida at Amway Center
- February 7th at home
Draft Picks and Free Agents
Following another trip to the lottery Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan made his intentions clear to start the offseason. As a result Frank Vogel was hired as the new head coach. Every move Hennigan made thereafter spoke to the Magic’s intent to establish a defensive mind shift. Draft night followed with a surprising trade that brought Serge Ibaka to Orlando. Not surprisingly Hennigan added more defensive minded individuals like Bismack Biyombo in free agency.
Round 1: Domantas Sabonis (11) (traded to OKC)
Round 2: Stephen Zimmerman (41)
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
(traded on draft night)
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- NBA Rumors: Why the Houston Rockets shouldn’t trade up to no. 1 in NBA Draft
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Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Victor Oladipo (trade)
- Ersan Ilyasova (trade)
- Domantas Sabonis (trade)
- Andrew Nicholson 4-year, $26M from Wizards
- Brandon Jennings 1 year at $5M
- Jason Smith 3-year, $16M deal exits to Washington
- Dewayne Dedmon on 2-year $6M deal, to Spurs
- Devyn Marble and a 2020 second round (trade) C.J. Wilcox and cash
Evan Fournier 5-years, $85M
More Free Agent News
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