The Houston Rockets 5 biggest needs as the trade deadline approaches

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Houston Rockets’ need #4: 3 & D player

The Rockets defense has been their meal ticket this season but the offense has been an absolute mess. The best remedy to their current predicament is to go out and find a true 3-and-D player.

Part of the Rockets’ defensive dominance has been their heavy reliance on defensive stalwarts David Nwaba and Jae’Sean Tate. Their defensive impact cannot be understated but on offense, their limited ability to stretch the floor costs the team points.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Rockets’ bench is full of 3-point marksmen that have limited defensive ability. Stephen Silas is forced to work with a roster that has plenty of defenders and plenty of 3-point shooters but is devoid of one player who can do both.

The Rockets need to find a player who can hold their own on defense and hit enough 3-pointers to create driving lanes for John Wall and Victor Oladipo. Players with this skill set are rightly expensive, but if the Rockets want to make the playoffs they’ll need to delve into the market.

Splashing assets in a transition season might not be on the top of the Rockets’ to-do list but if they’re serious about competing this season they’ll need to do it. At the end of the season, if the Rockets are watching the postseason from home then it’ll be due to their inaction at the trade deadline to bring in a 3-and-D player.

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