Positional versatility, especially as a big, is one of the most sought after traits in today's NBA landscape. Bigs that can provide teams with multiple schemes defensively are a vital cog in landing an NBA championship.
The Houston Rockets may potentially have that in Jabari Smith Jr. but newly-hired coach Ime Udoka will need to put together the best possible lineups to get the most out of Smith Jr. I will be ranking the top three lineups that the Rockets had the most success with in 2022-23 and should utilize in 2023-24.
Things I will be taking into consideration for the lineups include number of possessions, point differential, and points per possession, both offensively and defensively, among other stats.
I will also be taking into consideration which lineups new head coach Ime Udoka will be more likely to utilize. It's important to note that I will only be using current players on the team, although it would be fun to do hypothetical lineups down the road.
As a side note, I will be using Cleaning The Glass to crunch some lineup numbers as well.