There are two players that will likely battle for the backup point guard position.
Bobby Brown and Isaiah Taylor are the two players on the roster of the Rockets who will be competing against each other for the backup point guard role. Which one of the two is more deserving to be the fourth guard on the team? Will the Rockets potentially sign another backup guard that will take that position? Either way, the guard chosen will likely not play as much due to the Rockets wanting to have one of James Harden and Chris Paul on the floor at all times. Let’s look at the case for each potential candidate:
The Case for Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown is an interesting candidate for the backup point guard role. He is a veteran presence on the team and was just re-signed yesterday. He brings great 3-point shooting and good leadership to the table and would be a good addition to the rotation. When given some playing time near the end of the season, he impressed. Against the Clippers,
When given some playing time near the end of the season, he impressed. Against the Clippers, he dropped 15 points and 9 assists but was fairly inefficient. The night before, however, he was an efficient 5-9, including 4-7 from 3.
Bobby is a fan favorite and it would be fun to see him thrive in the D’Antoni offense a little bit more than usual. Will he be getting the minutes, or is he just in Houston for the off-the-court presence and recruiting that he brings to the table?
The Case for Isaiah Taylor
Isaiah Taylor had a wonderful Summer League this year. He lit up the opposing defenses with his good scoring and incredible passing abilities. He finished third overall in assists for the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 7.4 per game.
Taylor also showed the ability to get to the rim and finish. Though he did not shoot well overall from the field, he still was in control of the offense for the summer Rockets. He hardly played for the Rockets last season, so he did not get to prove his worth. However, Mike D’Antoni did say that Taylor will likely be spending most of his time in Houston rather than Rio Grande Valley.
Mike D'Antoni, in his summer league interview, said Isaiah Taylor will likely stay with Rockets, rather than RGV next season.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 12, 2017
Does this mean that Taylor will be given a chance to be the backup point guard? We will have to wait and see, but he certainly has a good case for it.
Be sure to vote in our poll on who you would rather have run the second unit out of these two.
Isaiah Taylor or Bobby Brown for backup point guard?
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) July 20, 2017
The Case for a Free Agent Point Guard
There are quite a few guards still out there in free agency that would probably take the minimum to play on a contender. A few examples are Deron Williams, Aaron Brooks and Brandon Jennings. These are veteran players that could add some firepower to the second unit if signed by the Rockets. They could be better for the team than Bobby Brown and Isaiah Taylor due to the fact that they have more NBA experience. Will the Rockets look to sign another guard to the team?
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