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Some Small Ball Lineups the Houston Rockets Can Use

MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 23: James Harden #13 and Ryan Anderson #3 of the Houston Rockets high five each other during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 23, 2016 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 23: James Harden #13 and Ryan Anderson #3 of the Houston Rockets high five each other during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 23, 2016 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 30: Houston Rockets guards James Harden (13) and Chris Paul (3) share a moment during a Drew League game at King Drew Magnet High School on July 30th, 2017. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 30: Houston Rockets guards James Harden (13) and Chris Paul (3) share a moment during a Drew League game at King Drew Magnet High School on July 30th, 2017. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets are a team known to play small ball quite a bit. What are some interesting lineups they can throw out there?

Last week, Scott Rafferty of the Step Back wrote about how the Rockets will have one of the more exciting small ball lineups next year. That got me thinking about the possibilities Houston has in that area of the game. Mike D’Antoni will have his hands full trying to manage a number of lineups the team can put out there.

With the additions of Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute in particular, the potential for small ball lineups is incredible. Let’s look at a few of the numerous possibilities, starting with the one by the Step Back.

The Step Back Idea: Paul, Harden, Ariza, Tucker, Mbah a Moute

This lineup is one that I am probably most excited to see in action. The potential that this unit has to play on both sides of the ball is incredible. On the offensive end, every player in this lineup can shoot the 3, and shoot it fairly decently. James Harden and Chris Paul will man the offense while the other three get to shoot as much as they possibly want. There is no post presence with this lineup, though, and that could potentially be an issue on the offensive end.

On the defensive side of the court, every player but the Beard are fantastic defenders. Even Harden is a capable post defender and regular defender when motivated. When he is surrounded by good defense, maybe James will follow suit. He definitely has the athletic ability to do so. Rebounding might be a problem, but Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza are both fairly decent in that area.

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