Ranking the 6 worst starters of the Rockets' rebuild

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Following the trades of superstars Russell Westbrook and James Harden, the Houston Rockets identified a clear need to hit the reset button. Rockets general manager Rafael Stone began the process of rebuilding the roster in hopes of setting the franchise up for the future.

The Rockets started trading away essentially anyone who had value like P.J. Tucker and simply cut veteran players who couldn't fetch their desired asking price, like DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore. The Rockets were then operating in talent evaluation mode, hoping to identify promising prospects that were worthy of stashing for the future.

This is how the franchise landed Kevin Porter Jr. 

Ranking the 6 worst starters of the Rockets' rebuild

The Rockets' tank was effective enough to land them Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr., and Amen Thompson - three players they netted in the top-four of their respective draft classes. The Rockets were even more impressive when drafting outside of the draft lottery, as they landed Alperen Sengun, Tari Eason, and Cam Whitmore. 

But the Rockets' rebuild wasn't always peachy and pleasant. Make no mistake about it, there were some dark days.

And even that feels like an understatement. 

Let's take a look at six of the worst starters of the Rockets' rebuild.

Brace yourself.