Houston Rockets: Point guard strengths and weakness
The Rockets’ point guard rotation has more weaknesses than strengths. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who watched them play last season but neither John Wall, Kevin Porter Jr, or D.J. Augustin were particularly good.
Wall, likely, is still the best of the trio and his playmaking remains an asset. He posted a career-high usage rate of 31.7-percent with a career-low turnover rate of 14.7-percent. Maintaining that steady distribution could go a long way for a young team. If he can stay healthy he won’t be Chris Paul for the 2020-21 Suns, but he could have that type of impact, although in a much lesser way.
Kevin Porter Jr. showed significant improvements from his rookie to sophomore seasons. His improvements as a passer and shooter saw him transform from a shooting guard/small forward into a bonafide point guard.
Porter has flashed the potential to be a big-time player, as his 50 point, 14 assist, and 9 rebound masterpiece against the eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks, can attest to. However, what makes a superstar is consistency, there are a lot more players with a 50 point game to their name than the average fan would expect.
D.J. Augustin is a steady veteran backup. He runs the offense, limits turnovers, and hits open shots. He performed well in Houston after playing his way off of a thin Milwaukee Bucks team. Augustin can still shoot the ball well and he could theoretically play next to one of or both as a floor spacer.
To put it mildly, the Rockets point guard trio does not offer much resistance on the defensive end. Wall was once one of the better defensive guards in the league but after the gauntlet of injuries he has endured that part of his game is likely gone forever. Augustin is a defensive minus and there is nothing on Earth that can change that. Porter Jr could theoretically become a decent defensive player but that looks to be a ways away.
Shooting is the most important skill in basketball and both Wall and Porter Jr are definite negatives there. Porter’s not a lost cause but he needs to improve as a jump shooter if he wants to reach his ceiling. Wall, on the other hand, is what he is, and that’s a brick factory.