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Rockets Depth Chart For The 2018-19 Season

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Rockets current depth chart:

 

PG) Chris Paul, De'Anthony Melton, Michael Carter-Williams

 

SG) James Harden, Eric Gordon

 

SF) James Ennis, Gerald Green


PF) P.J. Tucker, Ryan Anderson, Zhou Qi

 

C) Clint Capela, Nene Hilario, Chinanu Onuaku

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They added: James Ennis, De'Anthony Melton, Michael Carter-Williams

They lost: Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute, Joe Johnson, Tarik Black, Aaron Jackson

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Even though they missed out on Carmelo, the addition of future HOFer Chris Paul should make Houston even better than they were last season. He has already shown great chemistry between himself and Harden, hopefully he can reduce Harden's workload on offense to limit the record setting  number of turnovers experienced over the last two seasons. After all, CP3 does have the best assist-to-turnover ratio in NBA history.

 

All of the players lost from last year's team were involved in the trade. Obviously Paul will be an upgrade over Beverley, although both of them are excellent defenders. Most NBA teams like to have two PG's on the court at the same time, especially late in the game. The Rockets will have the luxury of having two PG's on the court almost half the time, which should open up a lot of possibilities for their offense.

 

Beverley's energy will be missed, and Harrell brought a similar spark to the 2nd unit as well. And even though Lou was a big scoring threat coming off the bench, the defense suffered horribly when he was on the court. PJ Tucker will replace him in the rotation, even though he's a forward. There will be a noticeable drop off on offense, but Tucker is an extremely versatile defender much like Ariza. Mbah a Moute will also give them another good defender in the 2nd unit, and both of them are also decent 3-point shooters as well. They will still have Gordon and Nene to lead the second unit then either Paul or Harden will be there at PG. Black will replace Harrell as the 3rd center, while Zhou Qi replaces Wiltjer.

 

Qi should be the best Chinese player the NBA has seen since Yao Ming, even better than Jeremy Lin. He's still a very raw prospect, and thin as a rail, who probably won't play much this season except in the G-League. He could take Mbah a Moute's spot on the roster after this season as a backup PF who can also play C. His 3-point shooting and shot-blocking will be a perfect fit with this team once he can build some more muscle on his 7'2" frame.

 

They should try to keep Ariza who is having perhaps the best season of his career. Chris Paul could do what Durant did with Golden State by taking a slight pay cut to help the team re-sign both Capela and Ariza. That would keep the current starting 5 intact (Paul, Harden, Ariza, Tucker, and Capela) and they still have Gordon, Anderson, and Nene under contract as well. They should have an easy time re-signing Green to a modest contract. Mbah a Moute will probably require a bigger deal to come back, so he might be tougher to keep. Joe Johnson should retire.

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On 10/5/2017 at 10:44 AM, Oiler FANatic said:

Even though they missed out on Carmelo, the addition of future HOFer Chris Paul should make Houston even better than they were last season. He has already shown great chemistry between himself and Harden, hopefully he can reduce Harden's workload on offense to limit the record setting  number of turnovers experienced over the last two seasons. After all, CP3 does have the best assist-to-turnover ratio in NBA history.

 

All of the players lost from last year's team were involved in the trade. Obviously Paul will be an upgrade over Beverley, although both of them are excellent defenders. Most NBA teams like to have two PG's on the court at the same time, especially late in the game. The Rockets will have the luxury of having two PG's on the court almost half the time, which should open up a lot of possibilities for their offense.

 

Beverley's energy will be missed, and Harrell brought a similar spark to the 2nd unit as well. And even though Lou was a big scoring threat coming off the bench, the defense suffered horribly when he was on the court. PJ Tucker will replace him in the rotation, even though he's a forward. There will be a noticeable drop off on offense, but Tucker is an extremely versatile defender much like Ariza. Mbah a Moute will also give them another good defender in the 2nd unit, and both of them are also decent 3-point shooters as well. They will still have Gordon and Nene to lead the second unit then either Paul or Harden will be there at PG. Black will replace Harrell as the 3rd center, while Zhou Qi replaces Wiltjer.

 

Qi should be the best Chinese player the NBA has seen since Yao Ming, even better than Jeremy Lin. He's still a very raw prospect, and thin as a rail, who probably won't play much this season except in the G-League. He will take Mbah a Moute's spot on the roster after this season as Anderson's backup at PF. His 3-point shooting and shot-blocking will be a perfect fit with this team once he can build some more muscle on his 7'2" frame.

Lol. That's saying a lot. Other than Yi Jainlin or whatever his name is, has there been any other Chinese bball players?

 

So he is Go in g to be better than a bust and a guy who played 2 good months of bball?

 

Can't wait to see this dude!

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Of course there haven't been a lot of successful players from China. But my point was even though he will almost certainly never be as good as Yao, this dude you can't wait to see will probably have a better NBA career than most of those guys on the Lakers roster you think will be turning things around for one of the worst pro teams in the country over the last few years.

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Lol

 

If he is that good why will he be in the GLeague?

Kuzma actually looks better than Ball, Fultz, Fox, and everyone else who was drafted before him. 

 

Keep the hating going though. I know you love it so much.

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10 hours ago, JakePA_Titan said:

If he is that good why will he be in the GLeague?

Probably because the Rockets are such a deep team they have the luxury of allowing him to develop and more importantly bulk up his slim frame. They signed Mbah a Moute to a 1-year deal, he will probably get a multi-year contract from some desperate team like the Lakers next offseason. Zhou Qi should be an excellent replacement for him next year since they will be too busy re-signing CP3, Capela, and Ariza to worry about keeping Mbah a Moute or Tarik Black.

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31 minutes ago, Oiler FANatic said:

Probably because the Rockets are such a deep team they have the luxury of allowing him to develop and more importantly bulk up his slim frame. They signed Mbah a Moute to a 1-year deal, he will probably get a multi-year contract from some desperate team like the Lakers next offseason. Zhou Qi should be an excellent replacement for him next year since they will be too busy re-signing CP3, Capela, and Ariza to worry about keeping Mbah a Moute or Tarik Black.

The same desperate Lakers that signed a much better KCP to a one year deal? Ok, just checking.

 

Don't forget that that so called deep team is currently harboring 2 ex Lakers and you also used one to get CP3. 

 

Also don't forget this team is no longer ran by Jim Buss, which was the main reason for the down years. We will be back. Believe it. And when we get there, our next run will last longer and bring much more success than anything Harden will have done for the Rockets.

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On 10/8/2017 at 0:39 AM, JakePA_Titan said:

We will be back. Believe it. And when we get there, our next run will last longer and bring much more success than anything Harden will have done for the Rockets.

Of course most of us won't be around to see the Lakers finally turn things around in 2063.

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On 10/8/2017 at 0:39 AM, JakePA_Titan said:

Don't forget that that so called deep team is currently harboring 2 ex Lakers and you also used one to get CP3.

Both Ariza and Black will be free agents next summer and will be far more likely to accept less money to re-sign with the Rockets than to take inflated deals with the Lakers who have to overpay free agents in order to sign with them. And obviously giving away Williams in the CP3 deal was a no-brainer. The only valuable player the Clippers got in the deal was Beverley, who is a major downgrade from Paul.

 

And this "so-called" deep team has seven players all capable of averaging double-digits this season: Harden, CP3, Gordon, Anderson, Capela, Ariza, and Nene. Considering their offense is capable of averaging around 115-120 PPG or more, all 7 of them could very well do so since Mbah a Moute, Tucker, and Black will be primarily used for their defensive skills.

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49 minutes ago, Oiler FANatic said:

Both Ariza and Black will be free agents next summer and will be far more likely to accept less money to re-sign with the Rockets than to take inflated deals with the Lakers who have to overpay free agents in order to sign with them. And obviously giving away Williams in the CP3 deal was a no-brainer. The only valuable player the Clippers got in the deal was Beverley, who is a major downgrade from Paul.

 

And this "so-called" deep team has seven players all capable of averaging double-digits this season: Harden, CP3, Gordon, Anderson, Capela, Ariza, and Nene. Considering their offense is capable of averaging around 115-120 PPG or more, all 7 of them could very well do so since Mbah a Moute, Tucker, and Black will be primarily used for their defensive skills.

Lol. You're still living in the past. You know, the same thing you tell me when I bring up how we have won titles more recently than your Rockets....Honestly, we overpaid Deng and Mozgov. Two players. You act like this has been a trend for the past 5 years.

 

It was one bad off-season ran by an inadequate douche. And considering how weak the FA class was that year and our abundance of unused cap space, it's not like it hurt anything. 

 

Now back to this incredibly deep Rockets team that will average 115+. I could talk about how some of your role players like Nene and Ariza have been declining in terms of ppg every year over the past 4 years. They are getting older, not younger and fresher. So is CP3 who just had his worst offensive season throughout his entire career. The same guy who Rockets fans think brings them closer to GSW. Haha. Delusional.

 

But the only thing that really matters and what I need to pinpoint is, as long as MDs style of coaching is let them score quick so we can come down and score, y'all aren't winning shit other than your division. But I'm sure SAS will have something to say about that as well.

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Fun fact. Since the 04-05 season, HOU has won their division once. LA has won it 5 times.

 

Are you interested in how many title appearances and rings each has earned in that time frame?

 

So back to this comment...

1 hour ago, Oiler FANatic said:

Of course most of us won't be around to see the Lakers finally turn things around in 2063.

You mean the same year HOU might actually make it back to the Finals? How long as it been already?

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