The Houston Rockets finished last year as one of the West’s better teams. Houston had a quiet off season compared to teams like the Clippers or Spurs. They made a smart trade acquiring Ty Lawson who should fit nicely along side the best shooting guard in the league…. James Harden. It’s a great combo as Lawson is known to be a great passer and one who can help lead an offense with one of the best players in the game, a catch and shoot player with Trevor Ariza, and a low post presence in Dwight Howard, but the talent doesn’t stop there.
After acquiring Ty Lawson it’s fair to say Houston is pretty deep with their guards now. The scrapper Patrick Beverly will now come off the bench along with Sam Dekker who is more of a 3. Twenty two year old K.J Mcdaniels will get his shot in the rotation. Corey Brewer is still an important player to have, and they still may resign Jason Terry. Terrence Jones who missed a good chunk of last year will be a good piece to have back.
The biggest thing for this team to be successful will be staying healthy. Last year Dwight Howard and Terrance Jones were injured most of the year, not to mention Patrick Beverly. They still won 56 games though. That shows how good this team will be if everyone stays healthy, and of course if the chemistry is good.
To me one of the most interesting things about this team are free throw statistics. James Harden got to the line the most in the league and was almost 87% from the charity stripe-one of the best in the NBA. He took a total of 824 free throws last season. Terrance Jones, Kostas Papanikolaou, Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, and Corey Brewer took a total of 872 free throws, just a mind blowing stat. Houston’s big men aren’t very good from the line as Dwight Howard shot 53% which has been worst in the past. The team finished shooting 71.5%, while finishing 27th in the league in ft percentage. This should improve greatly after acquiring Lawson.
One of the biggest things I want to watch about this team is 20 year old Clint Capela. He also struggled with free throws shooting 17%. But he has a lot to prove. Watching him while Dwight Howard was out towards the end of the year was very fun, and though he’s very raw he could have a bright future. He is definitely a sleeper this upcoming season.
So although Houston was carried basically by one player last year, and they haven’t had a huge off season they are still going to be interesting competition to the West as long as chemistry is good and they’re healthy.