One of LMAM’s biggest strengths is the ability to clamp down on defense. At 6-foot-8, LMAM has the size to switch onto bigger forwards and centers, which the Rockets could use.
On top of that, LMAM’s 7-2 wingspan allows him to block and contest shots on the perimeter and in the post. In fact, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni had confidence putting LMAM on former Warriors forward Kevin Durant, which is quite the compliment.
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During LMAM’s lone season with the Rockets, he had a defensive field goal percentage of 44.7 percent, which was second to only Eric Gordon. On top of that, LMAM had the third-best defensive box plus-minus on the team, behind only Chris Paul and James Harden, which is interesting considering how many seem to believe Harden can’t clamp down on defense.
LMAM would be a great defensive addition to the Houston Rockets this season, and still possesses a similar ability as Robert Covington and PJ Tucker when it comes to switching.
Houston Rockets defensive coordinator Elston Turner hasn’t quite gone to the level of former Rockets assistant Jeff Bzdelik as it pertains to switching on everything, but he’s still employing a similar strategy.
The Rockets don’t have any bigs with the defensive ability LMAM has on the second unit, which is yet another example of why they desperately need his services.