Re-Grading every Houston Rockets offseason signing

Was Fred VanVleet a smart signing for the Houston Rockets?
Was Fred VanVleet a smart signing for the Houston Rockets? / Sam Hodde/GettyImages
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Dillon Brooks 

Have we been too generous so far? Let's balance that out. We do not like the Brooks signing. 

Sure, he's shooting a passable 36.7% from long-range. That was the biggest concern with Brooks heading into the season. Unfortunately, Brooks has reverted - he's shooting 32.9% over the last 15 games. 

Meanwhile, even his defense has been short of spectacular. Brooks has a -0.2 Defensive Box Plus/Minus this year. That number is skewed by the fact that he routinely takes tough assignments, but it's still suboptimal. 

Otherwise, every worry about his shot selection has been validated. Brooks is on a four-year, $20 million deal. If he keeps torpedoing the offense, that could be dead money soon. 

It's not all bad. Brooks has set a competitive tone for this team, and that was necessary. Still, $20 million is a lot of money to pay for a locker room presence.

Grade: D 

Fred VanVleet

When VanVleet's deal was first announced, it was met with outrage. We're paying this guy over $40 million a year? 

This year, sure. Next year, yes. After that, this deal has a team option. VanVleet's contract was cleverly constructed to simultaneously be an overpay, and team friendly. 

In the meantime, VanVleet's assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.69 ranks 20th in the NBA. If you filter out low-volume players, only Tyrese Haliburton, Chris Paul, Tyus Jones, and Monte Morris are ahead. Even from that group, Haliburton is the only player with comparable responsibility. 

Sure, VanVleet can be frustratingly quick to shoot off the dribble. He's still revitalized this Rockets franchise Fans don't need to worry about his average annual value on such a short deal - this was an outstanding signing. 

Grade: A