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5 Defensive stoppers the Houston Rockets wish they never let go

Houston Rockets Dwight Howard (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Dwight Howard (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets Dwight Howard (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets have had many defensive stars through the years. With their early struggles on that side of the ball this season, here are five former Rockets they could use right about now.

It’s hard to imagine given their defensive start so far, but the Houston Rockets have been an elite defensive team in recent years. Currently, the Rockets sit at 28th with a defensive rating of 113.2 while allowing 121.8 points per game. As recently as 2017-18, however, H-Town had a defensive rating of 106.1, which was good for sixth in the league while their 103.9 points per game allowed also had them ranked in the same spot.

Not surprisingly, the 2018 NBA season happens to be when the Rockets set a franchise record with 65 wins, which was the first time they’d ever led an NBA season in victories. While much of Houston’s success had to do with the defensive brilliance of Associate Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik, there have also been several defensively gifted players through the years that this year’s team could use this season.

Clint Capela, P.J. Tucker, Thabo Sefolosha, and Danuel House have shown some decent defense in the first couple of weeks, however, the team hasn’t performed well as a unit on that end of the floor. Coach Mike D’Antoni knows the importance of defense but either hasn’t been able to motivate the team to play to their potential on that end or simply doesn’t have the personnel to.

Looking back at better defensive days, here are five Rockets the team once had whose services they could benefit from this season.

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