The Houston Rockets have a point guard problem. The problem isn’t that they don’t have a point guard, the problem is they have too many point guards. A quick glance at their depth chart shows they have John Wall, Kevin Porter Jr, and D.J. Augustin as their nominal point guards. Factor in that Jalen Green and Daishen Nix likely will get some lead guard opportunities and suddenly the Rockets have five players vying for one spot on the court.
Point guard has become the most important position in the modern NBA. The position has the highest average annual salary of any position at $8.4 million dollars, and this past offseason only highlighted how much teams value the position. Chris Paul, age 36, Kyle Lowry, age 35, and Mike Conley, age 33, signed for a combined 10 years, $273 million. NBA front offices had no qualms overpaying big money for point guards firmly in their decline years.
The Rockets' situation is unique in that their point guard options are either at the end or beginning of their careers. Wall will be 31 at the start of the season, Augustin will be 34, but Porter Jr is the next oldest and won’t turn 22 until May of 2022. The Rockets have no point guard firmly in their prime, which makes selecting the starter all the more difficult. Will Stephen Silas favor a steady veteran hand or will he look to ride the developmental wave? However, someone has to start the season as the team’s point guard. The question is, who should it be?