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Who should be in the Houston Rockets’ starting five?

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 16: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors compete for a jump ball to begin Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 16: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors compete for a jump ball to begin Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The NBA regular season is fast approaching and Houston Rockets’ first-year head coach Stephen Silas needs to settle on his starting five. Here are his best candidates.

NBA training camps will open at the beginning of December and the Houston Rockets still need to settle on their starting lineup. In a conversation with Stephen Silas, Christian Wood said that the Rockets will run a five-out offense, reminiscent of micro ball.

Silas is not going to simply run back Mike D’Antoni’s offense from last season but the Rockets did post the league’s 6th most efficient offense. Every good coach knows that their system has to fit the personnel at their disposal.

Expect Silas to implement principals he used as an assistant in Dallas last season with facets of the Rockets’ D’Antoni led offense. With the start of the season less than a month away Silas won’t have much time to figure out who will be his preferred starting five.

The Rockets’ two superstars, Russell Westbrook and James Harden have both been linked with moves away but as it stands they’ll begin the season in Houston. With Westbrook and Harden in town and the addition of Christian Wood and DeMarcus Cousins, the Rockets look primed to be a contender out west.

Teams’ starting five play the lion’s share of minutes and finding the right combination of players goes a long way in determining a team’s ultimate fate. These are the five players that Stephen Silas should select for the season’s opening tip.

Next: Number 5

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