Houston Rockets 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Houston Rockets 2016 Preview
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The Houston Rockets have made the playoffs four straight seasons but have kind of underachieved given their roster. Well, now we’ll see what new head coach Mike D'Antoni can accomplish after taking a few years off.
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Here is your 2016 Houston Rockets NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: Losing eight-time All Star center Dwight Howard has to count as a key loss. However, the Rockets never used him right and almost never involved him in the offense. Leaving for Atlanta may have been the best move for both player and team. Houston also says goodbye to young power forward Terrence Jones. While showing promise at times and being just 24 years old, Jones played just 83 combined games the last two years.
Key Player Additions: The big pickup for the Rockets was signing Ryan Anderson, a very underrated scorer who is a career 37.7 percent shooter from deep. Anderson fits well in this offense and will take a lot of pressure off of James Harden. Eric Gordon as a backup shooting guard is also a smart move if he can ever stay healthy considering he hasn’t played 70 games since 2008-09. Pablo Prigioni returns after one season with the Clippers and Houston took a flyer on an aging Nene Hilario whose rebounding numbers have fallen off a cliff.
Draft: Finding playing time for the 19-year-old Chinanu Onuaku right away may be difficult, but this is somebody who shot over 60 percent from the field in two seasons with Louisville. Eventually, Onuaku could push Montrezl Harrell for some minutes at the backup power forward spot.
Outlook: The Rockets cut dead weight in Howard and now have a legit scorer in Anderson to go alongside Harden. The Rockets have an offense that can score with any team in the league, the problem remains the defensive side. Not sure adding D'Antoni fixes that issue. I always give the Rockets a chance to make playoff noise because of their ability to put the ball in the hoop. However, Houston won’t make it far if its defense continues to trade those baskets.