Who should be the Houston Rockets starting point guard: The verdict
John Wall (to start) & Kevin Porter Jr (to finish)
This answer is a bit of a cop-out, but it is also the most likely situation. The Rockets still owe Wall $91.6 million over the next two seasons. Having him keep the bench warm all season would be an unmitigated disaster. He might not be worth that type of money anymore, but the deal is done. On pure point guard ability, he’s the Rockets' best option, and that’s usually who starts the season.
Even though Wall is likely to win the job to start the season, it also is likely that he won’t have it by the end of the season. If Wall has a renaissance the Rockets will likely look to move him, and if he doesn’t, they’ll probably be far enough down the standings that they’ll begin to prioritize 2022-23. When that day comes, expect them to hand the keys to Kevin Porter Jr. This is a make-or-break year for him. He has a team option for the 2022-23 season, and if he doesn’t show improvement the Rockets could let him go. While that would seem unimaginable to most Rockets fans if Porter isn’t a future high-end contributor he’s just taking valuable reps away from Jalen Green.