This offseason, the Houston Rockets have made it a goal to improve on the defensive end of the floor. The Rockets hired Ime Udoka, a known defensive-specialist, and climbed the financial ladder to nab Fred VanVleet and Dillon Brooks, two of the best defenders at their respective positions.
The Rockets have one remaining roster spot and their reported target is a real head-scratcher.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Rockets are interested in former Cleveland Cavaliers wing Lamar Stevens, who remains unsigned late in the offseason. Scotto added that the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Miami Heat are also interested in acquiring the swingman, so the Rockets could face immense competition for his services.
Houston Rockets appear primed to waste away final roster spot.
Stevens would be a waste of a roster spot for the Rockets, for one overarching reason: he can't shoot.
Rockets fans have seen exactly what this can mean, as it's played out with Jae'Sean Tate over the last three seasons. Tate's inability to shoot has led to spacing atrocities and has made it rather challenging for Jalen Green on the offensive end.
Tate and Stevens both shot just 28 percent from 3-point land last season, so it's highly possible that Stevens could present the same conundrum. Granted, Stevens is a formidable defender at the forward position, and his work ethic is second to none.
He plays hard and hustles non-stop and is willing to lay it all on the line. While that's admirable, that's exactly what the Rockets already have in Tate.
Adding Stevens would be a positional redundancy.
The Rockets also have this exact player archetype with the aforementioned Brooks, who is a bigger wing who will never be outworked by an opponent. Not to mention his elite-level defense and.....inability to shoot.
Again, Stevens would be a great addition for the right team. But the Rockets already have players with similar skillsets as Stevens, which would make it a waste of a roster spot.
The Rockets should look elsewhere.