The Houston Rockets traded away Clint Capela, which made sense considering how they’ve obviously gone all-in on the small ball strategy. This has left them with a need for more size on the front line, and players who have the versatility to play center and either of the forward positions.
DeMarre Carroll fits that bill, as he’s 6-foot-8 and is versatile enough to play small forward, power forward, or center. On top of that, Carroll can also shoot the triple, which will present a mismatch for opposing defenses.
Carroll also brings an element of defensive rebounding to the equation, as he’s averaged roughly five defensive rebounds per game over the last two seasons combined. The Rockets could certainly use help on the glass, as they’ve been outrebounded more often than not, due to the small ball strategy, which obviously sacrifices size. This is especially the case when Russell Westbrook is on the bench or when Russ is resting a back-to-back, as he’s essentially the best rebounding guard in league history.
Carroll’s size also allows him to defend big men, which is a strength the Rockets could certainly benefit from. Carroll will instantly become one of the Rockets’ taller players on the roster, as he’s the same height as newcomer Bruno Caboclo.
But what’s even more important about Carroll’s physical attributes is the fact that he has a 6-foot-10 inch wingspan, which could come in handy as it pertains to grabbing rebounds and contesting shots.
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