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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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HOUSTON, TX – MAY 10: PJ Tucker #17 and Eric Gordon #10 help up James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors on May 10, 2019 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – MAY 10: PJ Tucker #17 and Eric Gordon #10 help up James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors on May 10, 2019 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Option No. 3

Chris Paul, James Harden, Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker, Clint Capela

Obviously, the difference here would be adding Eric Gordon to the starting lineup. The reasoning behind leaving him out of the starting lineup in Option One is that he has previously won a 6th man of the year award, and is perfectly suited to be the 6th man for a team that has a lot of firepower already with Harden and Chris Paul.

However, with the urgency of this season and the need to garner to as many wins as we can in the regular season, putting Gordon back into the starting lineup next year would certainly not hurt that goal. As a starter in 2018-2019, in 53 games, he averaged 32.1 minutes per game, 16.9 points per game, and shot 37.7 % from the 3 point line. The ability to have Eric Gordon as your sixth man is always great, but could having him permanently inserted into the starting lineup be the best move for the team?

3 options at backup center. Next

As a lot of teams have gotten better across the league (Clippers, Jazz, Lakers), the Rockets have stood pat thus far, as it pertains to signing free agents to the roster. This could certainly change at any time, but will it? Should it? These questions remain unanswered, but we all wait with great anticipation. As always, GO ROCKETS!!!

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