The Houston Rockets have opted for the fully non-GMO and organic path in development of their young core. This was made clear when the front office decided to steer away from reuniting with James Harden.
Instead of catering to the long-term demands of Harden, the Rockets spent on players that fit around the developmental needs of their young core. This strategy was created to build a perennial contender that would be flexible under the new CBA landscape, which rewards teams with homegrown talent selected via the draft.
5 reasons Kevin Porter Jr's will be the lynch-pin to the Rockets success next season
Armed with a new head coach in Ime Udoka, someone who is known to develop a winning culture built off relationships, trust, and accountability, the Houston Rockets are not cutting corners in phase two of the rebuild. Every player on the roster this year plays an important role, from the franchise faces such as Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun all the way to end-of-the-bench pieces like Aaron Holiday.
However, the player that can push this team past current expectations is none other than Kevin Porter Jr., for several reasons.