The Houston Rockets have traded for the now former Denver Nugget, Ty Lawson. The Rockets sent Nick Johnson, forward Kostas Papanikolaou, guard Pablo Prigioni, center Joey Dorsey, along with a protected first-round pick to acquire Lawson. Lawson averaged 9.6 assists/game last year, 3rd in the NBA, only behind All-Stars Chris Paul and John Wall.
Lawson is already recognized as an above-average point guard, and would possibly even be an All-Star if he played in the Eastern Conference, not the point guard heavy West. He also fits very well into Houston’s run and gun system, and is a point guard who will be able to run the floor with superstar guard James Harden.
Ty Lawson’s recent legal issues do leave some question marks though. Lawson just received his second DUI in 6 months left him in a 30-day alcohol treatment program. It is yet to be seen if Lawson can stay out of trouble, and help out his new team to make a push in the loaded Western Conference.
With the loss of forward Josh Smith and the addition of Lawson, this is what the 2015-2016 Houston Rockets starting lineup looks like this: Lawson, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Donatas Motiejunas, and Dwight Howard, with Patrick Beverly now coming off the bench. Do the Rockets have what it takes to keep up in a Western Conference where the reigning champion Golden State Warriors are bringing back the same team as last year, and the San Antonio Spurs and L.A. Clippers have reloaded?