The Houston Rockets 2020-21 roster looked much different towards the end of the season than how it looked at the time that Stephen Silas was hired to be the head coach. The Rockets eventually parted ways with James Harden, Russell Westbrook. P.J. Tucker, Ben McLemore, and DeMarcus Cousins, and ended the season with a 17-55 finish.
The Rockets made several additions in the 2021 NBA Draft, using their four first-round picks on Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba, and Josh Christopher, who all displayed their potential in Las Vegas in the NBA's Summer League. Rockets coach Stephen Silas joined Sirius XM's NBA radio and gave a detailed explanation of what he hopes to accomplish with this year's group.
"We have four 19-year-olds on our team now. But we also have John Wall, we have Eric Gordon, we have Danuel House.
So making sure that the structure is one that we're helping to develop those guys, but also making it good for John, and making it good for Eric, and making it something that all of us are pulling in the same direction and making sure that I have the structure in place to do so."
Stephen Silas unsure of what to expect from 2021-22 Houston Rockets team
Silas also attempted to provide his expectations from the new-look Rockets, while eventually stating why it can be challenging to make an assessment right now.
"It's really hard to put my finger on what our expectations are and what our goals will be. I do wanna make sure, like I said earlier, that the structure is in place for these guys to be successful on and off the floor. For the 19-year-olds to have a smooth transition into the NBA.
For our group to improve and for our player development to be on point and for our mental health development to be on point. And just making sure that all of those things are in place so that when we're on the court we can concentrate on getting better and dealing with adversity and pivoting.
All of those things you have to have, so right now I'm really, really just concentrating on the structure of how things are gonna look. As we get through the next couple of weeks, I'll be able to kind of look a little bit further down, as far as, what are our goals and what are our expectations gonna be."
Silas's comments reflect a coach who has taken an interest in the well-being of his players off the court, which is every bit as important as the on-court production.