Shooting for the stars: The 8 Players who most embody the Rockets’ style

Markieff Morris (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets have a distinct style that’s given them a dynamic offense every year. These eight players would fit into their system seamlessly.

The Houston Rockets have one plan of attack: layups and threes. The strategy has proven to be incredibly effective, as the Rockets have routinely been one of the league’s most potent offenses and have turned setting the single-season 3-pointers attempted mark into a yearly tradition.

This season, 48.8 percent of the Rockets’ shots have been 3-pointers and 30.2 percent have been at the rim. The Rockets want their players to take the most efficient shots, but what other players most embody the offensive ethos of the Rockets? And how likely would it be for them to join the Rockets in 2020-21 and beyond?

The eight players I chose are ranked by how closely their 2019-20 shot chart resembles that of the Rockets’. The probability of each player joining the Rockets in the future is represented by the Rockets’ shot chart in three categories.

A player is deemed either a layup, meaning he could be easily acquired, a 3-pointer, highly valuable but would be tough to acquire, or a mid-range jumper: it’s never going to happen.

Let’s start with number eight, a 6-8 forward that can spread the floor.

Next: No. 8 & 7