Houston Rockets’ top-5 Free agency needs #5: Size
The Houston Rockets made two excellent additions to their frontcourt in the NBA Draft. Aleperun Sengun was considered the most talented frontcourt scorer in the draft and Garuba was considered one of the best defensive players, period, in the entire draft.
However, both are on the smaller side with Sengun listed at 6’10 and Garuba at 6’8. The pair will join Christian Wood who at a slender 6’10 is undersized for a center. The Rockets appear to be favoring speed and skill over size in the frontcourt but they need to add a little heft to have any hope of slowing the behemoths that reside in the Western Conference.
The Rockets have been linked to Daniel Theis, who is an excellent small-ball center, but at 6’8 he doesn’t solve their size problem. Theis is tough as nails and is willing to bang with the big boys down low, but there is only so much he can do at his size.
Finding a low-cost option at center that has real size should be a priority for the Rockets in free agency. Offensively limited centers can be had for a relatively low cost, which means even if they bring in Theis they could still add another frontcourt player.
If the Rockets opt to stash one of Aleperun or Garuba overseas next season then solving their size problem becomes a lot easier. The Rockets aren’t trying to win a championship so having the size to counter Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, DeAndre Ayton, or Anthony Davis shouldn’t be their chief priority right now. However, if they want to improve on last season’s record they need to bring in one player capable of matching the biggest players in the league pound for pound and inch for inch.