In case you’ve been under a rock and were unaware, the Houston Rockets have gone to the small ball strategy. All of the national coverage regarding the Rockets has been littered with how this approach won’t work and how the Rockets have given up on the season by switching to this approach.
The Rockets have gone with a positionless approach, which has technically had PJ Tucker playing center, although he hasn’t been the one to handle jump balls. The Rockets have certainly sacrificed size for wing players, and could benefit from adding a legitimate big man. They do have Isaiah Hartenstein and Tyson Chandler, but at this point of his career Chandler isn’t necessarily able to provide much contributions, other than a players’ coach type of role.
This is not to say that type of role isn’t useful per say, but he’s not going to be able to help the Rockets on the court. As it pertains to Hartenstein, he’s a developmental player, which Mike D’Antoni hasn’t shown himself to have the patience to help develop.
Boogie is a 6-foot-11 player with an insane 7-foot-6 wingspan, which is what the Rockets have been focused on more than anything. On top of that, Boogie is 270 pounds, which would instantly make him the biggest player on the Houston Rockets’ roster and would hold his ground when battling against other bigs in the playoffs.
This size would come in handy during the playoffs when facing teams like the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers, who both have legitimate bigs that could potentially give the Rockets challenges for stretches. Boogie would be a nice counter to that, during certain stretches and sequences of the game, and his presence would also allow PJ Tucker a breather from having to deal with the physicality of the opposing big men.
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