The Houston Rockets find themselves in the Western Conference playoff picture even without a settled starting five. Due to a Covid outbreak at the beginning of the season and the James Harden trade saga the team has only started the same five-man unit in three consecutive games and that was still when James Harden called himself a Rocket.
Through 18 games it remains amazing that the Rockets have managed a .500 record, but with the roster finally settled, for now, the team will have the opportunity to get a consistent run of games with the roster of their choosing. Stephen Silas has done a masterful job managing the team amid all the chaos and will be delighted to be able to start the same starting five in consecutive games.
Who should be the Rockets’ starters?
The question Silas needs to answer again is who should be the Rockets new starting five. The team has plenty of quality options but who Silas settles on will play an outsized role in the Rockets playoff push.
The Rockets have had plenty of players rise to the occasion and there is a crowded field for who deserves to be labeled a starter. However, this season’s condensed schedule will force the Rockets to rotate their starting lineup on nights.
The competition is fierce but there can only be five starters. These are the players who deserve to be starters for the Houston Rockets and how safe their starting position is.
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