The Houston Rockets were able to emerge victorious late Friday night against the league-worst Detroit Pistons. Playing with a short-handed roster, the team blew a 20-point lead in the second quarter and had played with a well-balanced offensive effort from many of their guys.
Former Piston, Christian Wood, was sidelined due to an ankle injury, and the Rockets were still without a couple of their starters. Nonetheless, Houston was able to snap a 3-game losing streak and continue gathering wins after they also defeated the Dallas Mavericks as well on the road.
This Houston Rockets team possesses many good individual parts; however, it is no secret that this team is looking ahead with their given roster construction strategy.
Here are 3 Houston Rockets players the team can build their future around
The Houston Rockets acquired John Wall and a protected first-round pick that will transfer as early as 2023 with protections that carry over until 2026. They also traded their superstar, James Harden, for a haul of future draft picks and swaps that occur from this year until 2027.
The team has entered a new era and with their early season struggles, some are wondering whether it is in the Rockets best interest moving forward to be competitive this year. The Oklahoma City Thunder have the option to swap picks with the Houston Rockets this year, which is a top-four protected pick. This was an agreement made by both Daryl Morey and Sam Presti, when they swapped Westbrook and Chris Paul in the Summer of 2019.
With the team’s current woes and 21% of the regular season already played out, the Houston Rockets are currently tied for the sixth-worst record in the league. Their odds of acquiring a top-four protected pick in 2021 at the moment are 28.9 percent.
Regardless of the outcome of that pick, the team has a bright future ahead with the way they are set up. Here are 3 Houston Rockets players the team can build their future around.
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