The state of the future of missiles

We’re almost in the quarter-finals of the season, and while it’s not good for the Houston Rockets at 2-16 yet, it’s a clear rebuild with player development as the team’s top priority.

So let’s talk about it. My team-building philosophy: I think you need guards that can shoot, wings that can defend, and a center that can protect the rim. I want a good gap, which means he will rarely have more than one shooter on the floor.

Because the cap / payout has its limits, it’s important to make decisions well in advance before giving players big dollars, so here are ideas about key players and how they fit into the future of the Rockets.

But this is a 19-year-old boy. There are so many things to experience in an NBA game to learn. Fighting is absolutely to be expected. Yes, Evan Mobley seems like a better choice so far, but it’s too early to draw such a conclusion in the long run. Green gets more comfortable in the league. In fact, it is already showing signs of improvement.

Until time shows it’s not worth it, the Rockets should look at Green as the main point of their rebuilding.

Kevin Porter Jr. – I do not envy the Rockets front office that they have to go into expanding talks with KPJ this season. There was a lot of hype around the third year of the Guards / Wings last summer, and when John Wall was on the ice, the Rockets handed over the car keys to Porter Jr. However, until the shocking victory over the Bulls, KPJ’s point guard experiment did not go smoothly.

All in all, the same concern I had at Draft is for me: Is KPJ next to Green the right one? I think not. Assuming Green is your center, you should ideally want his teammate on the back court to be a strong defender, sniper and / or good ball manager. So far, this is not a KPJ.

In this experiment, it is very early and will improve as a quarterback, but soon there will be a number of pieces of space on the salary cap. I like KPJ as the sixth man, but not as a long-time starter next to Green. The rest of the season will tell us a lot about Scoot.

Daniel Theis – Theis is a solid player. He is smart and does a lot of little things. But looking back, it’s mysterious why the Rockets signed him – even because they gave him guaranteed money after 2023, when Houston is expected to have tons of space for hats. He moved CWood from his best position and kept Sengun off the floor.

Can rockets easily move Theis? They don’t need to replace it soon, but they can’t afford to get stuck in 2024 with a negative deal. Right now, Theis’ signature looks like an unwise step for the Rockets front office.

Alperen Sengun – Boy, I was wrong about Sengun before the proposal. It is clear that the Rockets have a talent for the 6 foot 10 big man. He is not intimidated by the NBA, and although he is nicely nailed to hardwood, he is a special shooter with excellent footwork. But it’s his pass (wow!), Range and even defense that were better than expected.

So how do you build on talent like this in the modern NBA? Is he four or five? It is not, for example, a traditional rim protector. The good news is that it is not urgent to answer these questions right away, as he is 19 years old in the first year of his four-year contract. The Rockets just have to keep developing it, and hopefully some of these answers will be clear along the way.

Christian Wood – CWood has failed this season. It is not only his points, but also his efficiency that is declining. This is partly because he played like a striker with Theis in the middle. Coach Stephen Silas was clear last year that the center is where Wood has the biggest advantage, so it’s a little confusing that the Rockets will leave.

Especially since now is the time for the Rockets to decide on Wood.

There is a year and a half left until the end of his contract, so it is imperative that the Rockets respond, while its business value may be the highest: Is the future four or five for the Rockets? I’m not convinced. He has excellent scoring skills and can stretch the floor, but he lacks a lot of intangible things, especially in defense. If good returns are available, I think the Rockets should research trading with it by the deadline.

Jae’Sean Tate – I love Dad. I love his hustle and bustle, his energy, his defense. But his three-point deficit (23.9% this season) is just a killer. In a very close match late in New York, Tate got a three-handed three and tinkled with her – and it was obvious that he was so open that he was deliberately far from the basket. Tate would fit into so many opposing teams with his defense, but until he proves he can beat this open three, he’s a defensive specialist who works best off the bench.

Eric Gordon – Gordon is so out on this team. He shot 42% of the three and showed that he is still able to be a solid defender, it’s amazing that Gordon hasn’t been replaced yet. I know his contract isn’t the easiest, but a few rival teams should call the Rockets for EG.

KJ Martin – KJ was a pleasant surprise, he brought energy and hustle and bustle to the court at every opportunity. His three-point hit was not like his rookie year this season, but he hits almost 68% in the arc. I’ve never felt that there was good competition for KJ in the NBA, and I wasn’t sure what his future role would be, but I liked how he was developing, and I think he was doing enough to earn more time.

Danuel House – House was huge in helping the Rockets end their 15-game slip, scoring 18 in the second half against the Bulls, but until that match he had a brutal start and provoked fan anger. He’s a decent wing on the bench and can beat the three, but I don’t see House as part of Houston’s future. This situation is delayed for trade.

David Berry

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