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The Houston Rockets need more from Ryan Anderson

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Need to step up by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 4:08 pm

The Houston Rockets signed 28-year old power forward Ryan Anderson to a 4-year, $80 million dollar deal on July 9th, 2016.  He is giving them nowhere near enough production for what the Rockets are paying him.  Anderson has played in 14 games (all starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 32.0 minutes, 12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  He is shooting only 38.4% from the floor so far this year, but he is also hitting an impressive 40% from three point range and 83.3% from the free throw line so far this year.  They means that Anderson is only hitting 36.5% of his shots from two-point range and that is pretty pathetic for a guy that has hit 46.7% of his shots from that range so far in his NBA career.  If Anderson can’t start making the easier (two point shots) shots, he will really give the Rockets another big time offensive weapon to go along with James Harden.

The Houston Rockets likely won’t have much P.T. available for their rookies in 2016-17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Rookie Reports by joelapinski on Thursday 10 November 2016 at 12:07 pm

24-year old power forward Kyle Wiltjer and 20-year old PF/C Chinanu Onuaku are likely going to play more in the D-League than with the Houston Rockets in 2016-17.  Wiltjer has played in 3 games (0 starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 2.0 minutes, 0.0 points and 0.7 rebounds per game.  He was undrafted out of Gonzaga.  Onuaku was the #37 overall pick (2nd round) out of Louisville in the 2016 NBA Draft.  He has yet to play in his NBA career.

James Harden is off to a blazing start in 2016-17 for the Houston Rockets!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 3:35 pm

When Patrick Beverley went down to injury, new Houston Rockets‘ head coach Mike D’Antoni decided to let his best offensive player (James Harden) run the point guard spot.  The early results have been amazing!  Harden has played in 5 games (all starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 36.8 minutes, 31.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 12.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game!  He is shooting 50% from the floor, 39.1% from the three point line and 81.8% from the free throw line so far this year.  Harden has now played in 319 games (all starts) in his first five years with the Rockets and he is averaging 37.8 minutes, 27.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  The Rockets are averaging 110.2 points per game so far this year which is #6 in the NBA.  Having the ball in your best offensive players’ hands is a very smart move by head coach Mike D’Antoni.

The Houston Rockets are going with Clint Capela at center in 2016-17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 6:08 pm

The Houston Rockets will be going with 22-year old Clint Capela as their starting center in 2016-17.  He played in 77 games (35 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 19.1 minutes, 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.2 blocked shots per game.  He could very well average a double-double with a couple of blocks per game in 2016-17, if he can stay out of foul trouble and make more of his free throws.  Capela shot 58.2% from the floor but only 37.9% from the free throw line last year.  He will look like a younger, much cheaper version of Dwight Howard for the Rockets this year.  34-year old Nene Hilario will back up Capela at center this year.  Hilario played in 57 games (11 starts) for the Wizards last year and he averaged 19.2 minutes, 9.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  He will be a solid backup for the Rockets in 2016-17.  19-year old rookie Chinanu Onuaku might have a glorified redshirt season for the Rockets in 2016-17.  He was the #37 overall pick (2nd round) in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Louisville.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKETS’ CENTERS IN 2016-17:  B-

Ryan Anderson is going to be a big time baller for the Houston Rockets in 2016-17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 5:59 pm

The Houston Rockets made a great move when they signed 28-year old Ryan Anderson to be their starting power forward in 2016-17 and beyond.  He played in 66 games (7 starts) for the Pelicans last year and he averaged 30.4 minutes, 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Anderson shot 42.7% from the floor, 36.6% from three point range and 87.3% from the free throw line last year.  Anderson will really benefit from starting instead of coming off the bench, which will allow him to get into a good shooting rhythm in 2016-17.  I look for him to average about 20 points and 8 rebounds per game in 2016-17 for the Rockets.  22-year old Montrezl Harrell will likely be Anderson’s top back up in 2016-17.  Harrell played in 39 games (1 start) as a rookie last year for the Rockets and he averaged 9.7 minutes, 3.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  He shot 64.4% from the floor but only 52.2% from the free throw line last year.  He was a second round pick (#32 overall) in the 2015 NBA Draft.  24-year old undrafted rookie Kyle Wiltjer out of Gonzaga will be #3 in line at power forward for the Rockets in 2016-17.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKETS’ POWER FORWARDS IN 2016-17:  B+

The Houston Rockets are in solid shape at small forward for the 2016-17 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 5:41 pm

The Houston Rockets are in pretty solid shape at small forward for the 2016-17 season.  31-year old Trevor Ariza should be a good fit in the Rockets’ new offensive system, as he likes to get up and down the floor.  He played in 81 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 35.3 minutes, 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game.  He shot 41.6% from the floor, 37.1% from three point range and 71.6% from the free throw line last year.  I think those percentages will go up for Ariza in 2016-17.  30-year old Corey Brewer had a rough year in 2015-16 offensively, but he is still a darn good defensive player.  Brewer played in 82 games (12 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 20.4 minutes, 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  He only shot 38.4% from the floor, 27.2% from three point range and 75% from the free throw line last year.  He might start to lose P.T. if he doesn’t shoot the ball better in 2016-17.  23-year old K.J. McDaniels could play more this year for the Rockets, as he is a good athlete.  He played in 37 games (1 start) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 6.4 minutes, 2.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  He shot 40.3% from the floor, 28% from three point range and 80% from the free throw line last year.  22-year old Sam Dekker missed most of his rookie year in 2015-16 due to injury.  He played in 3 games (0 starts) last year for the Rockets and he averaged 2.0 minutes, 0.0 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.0 assists per game.  He was the #18 overall pick (1st round) in the 2015 NBA Draft.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKETS’ SMALL FORWARDS IN 2016-17:  B-

The Houston Rockets lose Patrick Beverley for a while

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Need to step up by joelapinski on Saturday 22 October 2016 at 6:35 am

The Houston Rockets will be without starting point guard Patrick Beverley for a while (around 20 games) due to a knee scope on his left knee.  Eric Gordon will likely move from the backup shooting guard spot to the starting point guard role for the Rockets until Beverley is ready to return to action.  That will give the offense a spike, but the defense will take a dip as Beverley excels on that end of the basketball court.  Look for Pablo Prigioni and/or Tyler Ennis to pick up extra minutes while Beverley is out of action.

The Houston Rockets are absolutely loaded at shooting guard for the 2016-17 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at 8:07 pm

The Houston Rockets are absolutely loaded at shooting guard for the 2016-17 season!  27-year old James Harden is one of the best players in the NBA, period!  He played in 82 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 38.1 minutes, 29.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  He also played in 5 games (all starts) in the playoffs for the Rockets last year and he averaged 38.6 minutes, 26.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game.  Harden has now played in 314 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Rockets and he is averaging 37.8 minutes, 27.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game.  He has also played in 34 games (all starts) in his first four years in the playoffs and he is averaging 39.3 minutes, 26.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game.  He has been an All-Star in each of his first four years with the Rockets.  Harden has now played in 534 games (321 starts) in his first seven years in the NBA and he is averaging 33.2 minutes, 21.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  He has also played in 77 games (34 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 34.1 minutes, 19.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  Harden, despite only playing four years with the Rockets, is already their all-time leader in three pointers made with 800 of them!  He is also #10 in assists (2,078), #7 in steals (550) and he is #9 in points scored (8,467) in Rockets’ history.

27-year old Eric Gordon is a solid NBA player…..when he is healthy!  Gordon played in 45 games (44 starts) for the New Orleans Pelicans last year and he averaged 32.9 minutes, 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  He has now played in 417 games (398 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 33.9 minutes, 16.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  Gordon has also played in 4 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 35.8 minutes, 18.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.  He has only played in over 64 times in a season one time, back in his rookie year with the Clippers in 2008-09, when he played in 78 games.

23-year old P.J. Hairston was signed as a free agent and he will be #3 in line at shooting guard for the Rockets in 2016-17.  Hairston played in 66 games (52 starts) for the Hornets and Grizzlies last year and he averaged 19.9 minutes, 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  He also played in 2 games (0 starts) in the playoffs last year in which he averaged 11.0 minutes, 2.5 points per game.  Hairston has now played in 111 games (54 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 18.0 minutes, 6.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He has shot 34.3% from the floor, 29.5% from three point range and 72.7% from the free throw line so far in his career….and that’s not good enough to get the job done.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKETS’ SHOOTING GUARDS IN 2016-17:  A+

 

 

The Houston Rockets sign P.J. Hairston

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 29 September 2016 at 2:43 pm

The Houston Rockets have signed 23-year old SG/SF P.J. Hairston.  Hairston played in 66 games (52 starts) last year for the Hornets and Grizzlies in which he averaged 19.9 minutes, 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  He also played in 2 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Grizzlies last year in which he averaged 11.0 minutes, 2.5 points and 0.5 steals per game.  Hairston has now played in 111 games (54 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 18.0 minutes, 6.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He is only shooting 34.3% from the floor and 29.5% from the three point line so far in his NBA career.  Not sure how much Hairston is going to help the Rockets if he makes the team for the 2016-17 season.

UPDATE:  (10/24/2016) – The Houston Rockets have waived P.J. Hairston.

The Houston Rockets acquire Tyler Ennis from the Bucks

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 26 September 2016 at 1:58 pm

The Houston Rockets have acquired 22-year old point guard Tyler Ennis from the Milwaukee Bucks for 27-year old small forward Michael Beasley.  Ennis played in 46 games (7 starts) for the Bucks last year and he averaged 14.2 minutes, 4.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.  He has now played in 79 games (8 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 13.5 minutes, 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.  Ennis has also played in 1 playoff game off the bench in his career so far, working in 16 minutes in which he had 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.  Ennis will give the Rockets a solid backup at point guard behind Patrick Beverley in 2016-17.  Ennis could replace him at some point down the road for the starting gig.  Beasley played in 20 games (0 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 18.2 minutes, 12.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  He also played in 5 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Rockets last year and he averaged 16.0 minutes, 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  I like this deal for the Rockets, as Ennis is a young player with a nice upside.

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