This week, Bleacher Report ranked the top 7 offseason moves that went under the radar. Some Rockets moves topped the list!
The Houston Rockets have definitely been one of the key contributors to the most exciting NBA offseason in recent memory. Among their moves so far, one of them has especially caught the headlines: the Chris Paul trade. However, there have been some underrated moves that make the Rockets even more dangerous.
Bleacher Report ranked the defensive upgrades of the Rockets as the most underrated move of the offseason. You can see the full article here, be sure to check it out and come back for our analysis!
Why These Moves Were Underrated
The Rockets picked up some key contributors this offseason, including Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker. These moves were underrated because they improved a defense that was not very great last season.
Check out this quote by Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale:
"Adding Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker helps unlock lineups oozing matchup nightmares. Either one of them can defend power forwards, and lets them switch every wing combination while stashing on more palatable assignments…Mbah a Moute is a sneaky post defender, and Tucker has the vinegary vim to tussle with certain bigs. Between the two of them, the Rockets can have the 4 and 5 on relative lock within baby Death Squad combinations. Trevor Ariza James Harden"
A “baby Death Squad” is certainly an interesting thought and something that the Rockets need in Houston. These great additions on the defensive end let the Rockets have so many potential lineups. Take a look at a few of our favorite small-ball lineups that may take the court this season:
The Rockets beat out some interesting competitors for most underrated offseason move. A couple of the moves that were noted were the signing of Pattrick Patterson in OKC and the signing of Jonathan Simmons in Orlando.
The Rockets, in the words of Bleacher Report, now possess a “modern” defense with players capable of defending multiple positions. This strength will be great in matchups against elite offensive teams, such as the Golden State Warriors. See you October 17, Dubs.
Be sure to check out the full article if you haven’t already!
Jonathon Simmons will get a chance to prove himself in Orlando.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 31, 2017