As we all know, the Rockets have decided to shift to the small-ball strategy, which essentially means they’ve been playing wings in place of traditional centers. Although this strategy has helped lift Russell Westbrook’s play into the MVP-level, it’s significantly hindered the Rockets’ ability on the boards.
To add color to this, the Rockets have been out-rebounded in every game they’ve played since they acquired Robert Covington. This is concerning considering the fact that they’ve played against non-playoff teams such as the Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns, and Golden State Warriors.
At 6-foot-8, LMAM has career averages of 6.3 rebounds per 36 minutes, which will bolster the Rockets’ ability to box out and grab rebounds. On top of that, LMAM weighs 230 pounds and has the frame to stand his ground in the post against players such as Nikola Jokic and Anthony Davis.
Not only that, LMAM has a wingspan of 7-foot-2 inches, which should be tempting to the Houston Rockets. Since switching to the microball strategy, the Rockets have been targeting longer, rangy players, and LMAM fits that mold.
The Rockets have shown how they lack a small-ball center, although they’ve tried using Jeff Green, Robert Covington, and P.J. Tucker to fill this void. Sure, there have been games and stretches where they’ve filled in nicely, but the reality is none of these players have been natural fits at the center position, and Mbah a Moute would be just that.
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