With the Houston Rockets being one of the better teams in the league, it’s tough to pick their weakness. Here’s what I think is the weakest spot on the team!
The Houston Rockets are being picked by many as the best team in the NBA, simply because their team is going to be really good going into the season. They’ve got quite a bit more depth than they have had in the past, which is part of the reason for the high pre-season hype. With the depth they have on the roster, its hard to identify their weakest areas on the roster.
I’ll first say I think their strongest area on the roster is the guard spot, as they’ll have Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon penciled in. Then they’ll have a tough decision to make on both Chris Clemons and Ben McLemore, so they’ll have great depth depending on how many guards Mike D’Antoni wants to keep.
At the center spot, they’ll have Clint Capela, Tyson Chandler and potentially Isaiah Hartenstein, if they choose to keep him. Keeping him will help keep Chandler’s minutes down and even help to keep Capela fresh and rested for the post-season, which is when they’ll really need him.
By process of elimination, I think the forward spot is their biggest weakness. As I’ve previously written, I think Danuel House is in line for a great year and I think House should start at the 3. P.J. Tucker will have the same role and will be out to prove he deserves a new contract. Tucker is a great illustration of how the Rockets are weak at the forward spot, as they have him starting at power forward despite him being only 6’6, but the even bigger example is the fact that they played him 34.2 minutes per night last season. The Rockets also don’t have a sure-fire back-up option for Tucker on the current roster either, which further illustrates the point.
They signed Anthony Bennett to a non-guaranteed contract to see what he’s got left in the tank and they re-signed Gerald Green as well, who is likely to play 20 minutes per night again. But Green is all offense and can’t be counted on for much else aside from three point shooting, which can present problems for the Rockets depending on the opponent. They’ve also got Gary Clark who is one of the more underrated defenders on the roster but struggled offensively last season.
Outside of House and Tucker, there are legitimate questions about the rest of the forwards on the roster, which is why I believe this is hands down the weakest area on the team. This is concerning because the Rockets did very little to address this position in the off-season, so hopefully the players on the current roster will be able to impress and prove me wrong!