The offseason of the Houston Rockets has been quite interesting, to say the least.
After entering it on the brink of potentially losing half of their core group, the team was able to re-sign their critical pieces and replace productive role players and then some. Thanks to Morey, the Houston Rockets will go into training camp with a set roster with guys ready to compete for playing time, what a luxury to have right?
“The Rockets have featured similar players who were on a decline in their NBA career who were able to bounce back the following season in the past couple of years.”
A key player to focus on for any NBA fan would be Carmelo Anthony, who has had a brutal year in terms of statistical dropoffs and popularity among NBA fans. Melo has been the subject of much scrutiny for his impact with the Oklahoma City Thunder last year after he averaged career lows across every category.
His low FG% and fit with the personnel the Thunder had worked against his strengths and highlighted his weaknesses turning him into a scapegoat for them. Having Roberson at the SF position suited that team better given his duties were to defend the opposing team’s best player along with Westbrook being a ball dominant guard who is assigned to create for his teammates.
With that being said, having Carmelo on the Rockets should produce different results given both parties desire to work with each other. “Hoodie Melo” has been a teaser trailer for the past 2 summers and NBA fans want the product displayed when it really matters, in an NBA game. Similar to the 6’8″ Forward’s situation, the Rockets have featured similar players who were on a decline in their NBA career who were able to bounce back the following season in the past couple of years. Let’s take a look at 3 of the most notable examples: