Ranking Houston Rockets contracts from bargain to nightmare

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The Houston Rockets went all in last offseason, as they were determined to put an end to phase one of their rebuild. Ime Udoka's arrival meant change was on the way.

He made it known that he wanted to make the postseason and he had a heavy say in roster influence, as the Rockets' brass allowed him to instill his vision. His footprints are all over the roster.

And the Rockets have been much better than expected, especially at the start of the season, as they were 13-9 through the first quarter of the season. Unfortunately, the Rockets ran into untimely injuries, which saw them forced to play stretches without Fred VanVleet, Dillon Brooks, Amen Thompson, Tari Eason, and eventually Alperen Sengun.

The Rockets spent big in an attempt to bolster their roster into a postseason contender. Some of the Rockets' contracts are stellar, while others are nightmarish.

Absolute Steal

Alperen Sengun

Alperen Sengun has been an absolute stud for the Rockets this season. He's flashed the potential to be a franchise cornerstone and is one of the league's best up-and-coming players, posting averages of 21.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, five assists, 53.7 percent from the field, and 56.7 percent on two-pointers.

At one point, Sengun seemed on track to make the All-Star team. And he's clearly the best player from the 2021 NBA Draft class.

Sure, he ran into a tough wall later in the season, but he's still one of only five players with 1000 points, 500 rebounds, and 300 assists, alongside Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, and Domantas Sabonis. 

(Which is a hell of a list to be on).

Sengun is on a rookie deal, so the Rockets lucked up on the contractual end, but he's an absolute steal on a rookie deal (although he could ink an extension this summer).