1. Dillon Brooks
Houston Rockets head coach Ime Udoka made it a point to add defensive reinforcements, and rightfully so, as the Rockets have been one of the worst defenses in each of the last three seasons. The Rockets decided to add Dillon Brooks, who the Memphis Grizzlies couldn't wait to get rid of, to help shore up the defense on the wing.
The Rockets gave Brooks a four-year deal worth $86 million with the potential to reach $90 million in incentives. In other words, the Rockets were determined to land their guy and were willing to overpay if necessary.
It's unknown who exactly the Rockets were bidding against for Brooks' services, but again, something made them feel compelled to climb the financial ladder. But why?
For starters, Brooks isn't a 3-and-D player, as his 3-point shot isn't formidable enough to draw that moniker (32.6 percent on 6 attempts in 2022-23 and 30.9 percent on five attempts in 2021-22).
His defense is all-league but he doesn't seem to understand his role on the offensive end, which could cause problems for the Rockets down the line.