With the trade deadline approaching and the Houston Rockets in need of defensive-minded players, let’s take a look at eight 3-and-D players the Rockets should target.
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has proven himself to be more than willing to make a trade if he feels it will make the team better, which is part of what makes him one of the best general managers in the league. The Rockets are always mentioned as a team that is interested in making a trade and seem to make a deal every year around the trade deadline.
Last season the Houston Rockets traded for NBA champion Iman Shumpert at the deadline, which was done with the intention of adding a defensive-minded player who is capable of shooting the triple. The Rockets have the same need this season, as their defense and 3-point shooting have both been worse than the 2018-19 season.
The Rockets are shooting 34.9 percent from deep this season, compared to 35.6 from deep last season. On top of that, the Rockets are allowing 114.7 points per game, which ranks 24th in the league, compared to 109.1 points per game last season, which ranked tenth in the league. The Rockets went from having the second-best 3-point defense last season to the eleventh-best 3-point defense this season.
We’ve seen it happen far too often where the Rockets take a double-digit lead only to blow it in a quarter and trail by the end of it. We’ve also seen the Rockets chip away at a deficit only to surrender points on the other end of the floor, which is a sign of the need for additional defenders.
With the trade deadline fast approaching on Thursday, February 6th, let’s take a look at eight 3-and-D players the Houston Rockets could target.