The Houston Rockets are coming off a season to forget. After a run of eight consecutive playoff appearances and 13 straight years without a losing record, the franchise bottomed out in 2020-21 with a 17-55 record. The simplest explanation for the Rockets’ decline was they went from employing superstars, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, to G-Leaguers in the backcourt.
Adding to the misery was that the veterans expected to fill the void; John Wall, Victor Oladipo, Eric Gordon, and D.J. Augustin, all spent time out injured. It’s no mystery why the Rockets went from winning 44 games to 17. The state of their point guard position went from the league’s best to arguably its worst.
Houston Rockets: The NBA is a point guard league
The NBA has become a perimeter-oriented game and with it, the point guard position has only become more important. The shape and size of point guards may have changed dramatically over the past two decades but they’re still the man tasked with bringing the ball up the court and initiating the offense.
For the Rockets to get back to their winning ways, they’re going to need a real turnaround at the point guard position as it has become a prerequisite to have an All-Star caliber point guard to be a playoff team. The position has become so important that teams will have their best player man the position even if it isn’t their natural position.
The NBA is a make-or-miss league and no position has as much bearing on makes as the point guard. The Rockets will go as far as their point guards can take them and they have serious questions that need to be answered.
Do they need to make additions? Can they rely on what they have? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current point guards on the roster? These questions must be answered for the Rockets to know what they need heading into the offseason.