Houston Rockets: 10 Bigs the Rockets could possibly target

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9. Ian Mahinmi

At 6-foot-11, Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi would instantly become one of the tallest players on the Houston Rockets,  and would instantly bolster their front line.

Mahinmi is a solid veteran and reliable glue guy, as evidenced by him lasting 12 years in the league. The France native is playing 22 minutes per game this season, which are the second-most of his career, and is averaging 8.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and a career-high 1.4 blocks per game. In addition, he has a PER of 15.4, which is his highest since the 2015-16 season.

The 33-year-old big man is averaging 13.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per 36 minutes, which would instantly place him atop the Rockets in blocks per 36 minutes. Not only that, he has a field-goal percentage of 51.4 percent and a true shooting percentage of 56.4 percent as well.

We’ve seen how Mike D’Antoni values veteran players since he’s been opting to play Tyson Chandler over Isaiah Hartenstein this season, and Nene over both Kenneth Faried and Harty in the playoffs last season.

As Mahinmi is in the final year of his contract, it wouldn’t be surprising for him to approach the Wizards about a buyout, and it would be fairly easy for both parties to come to terms. Mahinmi is in an interesting place because he’s at the tail-end of his career and surely would want to join a playoff team, which the Wizards are certainly not.

Mahinmi would provide the Rockets with an elite rim protector and an NBA champion, as the reserve center won a title during the 2010-11 season as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, along with Houston Rockets center Tyson Chandler.

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