Houston Rockets: 2 pros and cons to re-signing Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk #41 Houston Rockets (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
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Kelly Olynyk #41 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images) /

Houston Rockets re-signing Kelly Olynyk Pro #1: He’s a perfect frontcourt depth

The Rockets appear committed to Stephen Silas’ offensive vision that prioritizes spacing and 3-point shooting. If the franchise wants to continue down that path, then it would behoove them to add more shooting.

As discussed earlier, Olynyk is a knockdown shooter, especially for a frontcourt player. This is especially useful because Christian Wood has been the Rockets’ most reliable 3-point shooter this season.

With Olynyk and Wood both acting as the primary floor spacers for the Rockets, it will allow the two to go in and out of the game without the general structure of the offense changing. This type of in-game continuity will provide the Rockets the opportunity to play both with starters or reserves and maintain the overall principles of their offense for a full 48 minutes.

Reliable frontcourt depth will be paramount for the Rockets next season as their reliance on Christian Wood to win games was exposed when he went down with an injury. The Rockets were 11-10 when Christian Wood went down with an ankle injury that kick-started their franchise-record 20 game losing streak.

Olynyk isn’t the player that Wood is but having a more reliable option than the corpse of DeMarcus Cousins waiting in the wings needs to be at the top of the Rockets’ to-do list. The Rockets know what Olynyk can do in their offense and they should look to keep him around as they go through their rebuild.

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