The Houston Rockets’ lack of a true center backfired on them in the Western Conference Semifinals. This year’s free agent class could fill the void.
The Houston Rockets‘ micro-ball experiment should not yet be classified as a failure, but going into next season, the Rockets should scoop up a center to create more diversity in the gameplan. Ideally, the perfect center for Houston would be one that can stretch the floor and knock down perimeter shots, basically providing the services P.J Tucker gave, but more formidable and sizeable in the post.
Houston can still stretch Tucker out at the five spot and go small, like several teams proved they could do. But when the shots do not fall with all the space opened up on the floor, it is a nice luxury to switch and get a big man on the court. What complicates things is the Rockets’ lack of salary cap space, as that will certainly hinder their ability to sign a quality big man.
The Rockets haven’t yet identified a coach, which could be important, as the next coach will have a say so in who gets playing time. The Houston Rockets could turn to developmental players such as Bruno Caboclo for an inexpensive option, or they could turn to this year’s free agent class to fill the void.
Assuming that the Rockets choose the latter, here are five free agent centers that general manager Daryl Morey should take a look at in free agency.