Houston Rockets: No. 3 Unsung Hero – P.J. Tucker (8 votes)
Underrated. Underappreciated. Unsung. Even in a list of current Rockets, P.J. Tucker seems a little bit too low. Now in his third season with the Rockets, Tucker remains one of the most underrated players in the entire league.
They say game recognizes game, and other NBA talents like Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have taken notice of P.J. From Booker complimenting Tucker’s corner shooting to Ayton praising his defense, it’s clear that P.J. brings a lot of valuable things to the table for the Rockets.
Tucker’s defense will be crucial in a Western Conference that boasts All-Star talent at every position. His ability to guard all five of them with toughness could very well be the difference in winning or losing a close series.
Houston Rockets: No. 2 Unsung Hero – Eric Gordon (15 votes)
Maybe it’s just high expectations for number one on the list or maybe some wouldn’t consider a good Eric Gordon performance to be “unsung”, but the former Sixth Man of the Year comes in second here.
Gordon has been a steady weapon for Mike D’Antoni since he signed with the team to begin the 2016-17 season. After averaging 16.2 points on 37.2 percent 3-point shooting that season to win the Sixth Man of the Year award, Gordon only improved to 18.0 points per game in 2018.
Eric has never been shy about letting it fly, which is generally a positive thing. Unfortunately, the early knee injury he suffered this season seemed to take a toll on the veteran guard, as this season was the first in his career that he’s shot below 40 percent from the field (37.0).
With Gordon now reportedly feeling 100 percent, his role his going to be bigger than ever on a team that no longer plays big men. Mike D’Antoni believes Eric Gordon will be the key to pushing the Rockets over the top, and given his skills, that’s tough to argue.
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