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Houston Rockets: 3 options for 2019-20 starting lineup

By Michael Brown
Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker Danuel House James Harden (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker Danuel House James Harden (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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SACRAMENTO, CA – APRIL 2: PJ Tucker #17, Danuel House Jr. #4 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets face the Sacramento Kings on April 2, 2019 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA – APRIL 2: PJ Tucker #17, Danuel House Jr. #4 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets face the Sacramento Kings on April 2, 2019 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Option No. 2

Chris Paul, James Harden, Danuel House Jr., P.J. Tucker, Clint Capela

It is no secret that Chris Paul, James Harden, and Clint Capela will be in the starting lineup, as long as they are on the roster. The other spots are always going to be up for discussion. The case for Danuel House Jr. to be in the starting lineup is fairly simple- he is young and is a perfect complement to Chris Paul and James Harden.

Kelly Iko of The Athletic spoke about the possibility of moving Danuel House Jr. into the starting lineup this year when he re-signed. Here’s what he said:

“Houston played arguably their best basketball of the season with House as the starting small forward. The front office likely had this in mind during negotiations, and positive conversations have been had about an increased role moving forward — the starting spot a real possibility as Houston embarks on another title challenge.”

Be sure to check out the full article here, it’s a fantastic one as always.

House is a guy that can get his own shot off of the dribble (he is not great at it, but he is getting better). Personally, I love P.J. Tucker, and he brings that junkyard dog mentality nightly and is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win. For last season, this was one of the best options for a starting lineup, and would it still be the case for next season? That certainly remains to be seen.

Next: Same as last year

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