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Aaron Brooks is the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, General, Steppin Up by Andrew on Thursday 22 April 2010 at 3:30 pm

Houston Rockets’ point guard Aaron Brooks was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player after he set new career highs in points, assists and rebounds.  Brooks, who finished his third season this year, averaged just 11.2 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.0 rebounds last season.  He stepped up for the Rockets this season and upped his averages to 19.6 points per game, 5.3 assists, and 2.6 rebounds.  That is over 8 more points per game and 2 more assists, so you can see why he won the Most Improved Player Award.  He also improved his field goal percentage, going from 40% last year to 43% this year.  He was also one of the best three-point shooters in the game, shooting 40 % from behind the arc, over 3% better than last season.  The Rockets needed someone to step up for them, abd Brooks did in a big way since they were without Yao Ming for the whole year and Tracy McGrady never worked out for them.  Brooks led the Rockets to a winning record of 42-40, but it wasn’t enough to get the Rockets in the playoffs were every Western Conference playoff team one at least 50 games.  Rockets’ fans should still be proud of the way Brooks and the rest of the club responded without a go-to guy to start the season.  Brooks showed that he can be that guy for the Rockets and he was well deserving of the Most Improved Player Award.

The Houston Rockets see a lot of potential in their graduating rookie class

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Rookie Reports by alleyoop on Friday 16 April 2010 at 8:56 am

Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill and Jermaine Taylor all have a lot of potential to produce for the Rockets down the road. 22-year old forward Jordan Hill has the highest upside of this trio of player. Hill played in 23 games (0 starts) for the Rockets after the trade from the Knicks and he averaged 16.2 minutes, 6.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. Hill played in 47 games (0 starts) overall last season for the Knicks & Rockets in which he averaged 13.3 minutes, 5.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. He could be a starter soon for the Rockets. 21-year old SG/SF Chase Budinger brought instant offense off the bench for the Rockets this year which is probably his best role moving forward. Budinger played in 74 games (4 starts) for the Rockets this season and he averaged 20.1 minutes, 8.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. 23-year old shooting guard Jermaine Taylor could also force himself into the playing rotation for the Rockets next year. He played in 31 games (4 starts) for the Rockets this season and he averaged 9.8 minutes, 4.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

New Orleans Hornets 123, Houston Rockets 115

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game recaps, General by alleyoop on Thursday 15 April 2010 at 8:05 am

The Rockets shot 54% from the floor last night but they didn’t play any D allowing the Hornets to shoot 63.8% from the floor and that did them in. Trevor Ariza had his best game of the year last night for the Rockets finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 2 blocked shots. Kevin Martin also had a solid game with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals last night. Luis Scola pitched in with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in this game. The Rockets finish the season with a 42-40 record.

Houston Rockets 117, Sacramento Kings 107

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game recaps, General by alleyoop on Tuesday 13 April 2010 at 11:37 am

The Rockets shot 51.8% from the floor and that was the reason for the win last night. Kevin Martin punished his old team last night finishing with 39 points and 2 rebounds to lead the way for the Rockets. Trevor Ariza also had a huge game for the Rockets with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots. Kyle Lowry pitched in with a great effort off the bench finishing with 14 points and 11 assists in only 25 minutes on the court. Chase Budinger and Aaron Brooks helped out offensively last night for the Rockets also with 10 points apiece. The Rockets are now 42-39 on the season as they are without a doubt the best team in the NBA that won’t be in the playoffs.

Phoenix Suns 116, Houston Rockets 106

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game recaps, General by alleyoop on Sunday 11 April 2010 at 10:52 pm

The Rockets played hard tonight before falling to the Suns as they were outscored 29-21 in the 4th quarter. Luis Scola was outstanding leading the way for the Rockets tonight with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Aaron Brooks did a good job of directing the offense as he finished up with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Rookie Chase Budinger played 26 minutes off the bench and he pitched in with 19 points. The Rockets are now 41-39 on the season and they are still playing hard despite being eliminated from the playoffs.

The Houston Rockets sign Alexander Johnson

Blogged under Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by alleyoop on Saturday 10 April 2010 at 9:16 am

The Rockets have signed 27-year old forward Alexander Johnson to give them another big body on the bench for the last couple of games. Johnson last played in the NBA during the 2007-08 season with the Heat. He has played in 102 games (25 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 4.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game on 51.7% shooting from the floor. Don’t look for him to get big minutes as the Rockets play out the season.

The Houston Rockets waive Hilton Armstrong

Blogged under Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by alleyoop on Saturday 10 April 2010 at 9:14 am

The Rockets have waived backup center Hilton Armstrong. Armstrong played in only 9 games (0 starts) for the Rockets this year after coming over from the Kings in the Kevin Martin trade. He averaged 4.4 minutes, 1.1 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game for the Rockets. Armstrong is young enough to hook on with another team next season.

Trevor Ariza had a overall disappointing season for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Need to step up by alleyoop on Thursday 8 April 2010 at 8:21 am

The Rockets felt that Trevor Ariza could handle the extra minutes and excel as a starter, but, in the end they were wrong because he just couldn’t shoot. Ariza only shot 38.4% from the floor, 32.2% from three point range and 65% from the free throw line and that is just not acceptable for a starter in the NBA. Ariza has played in 68 games (67 starts) for the Rockets this season and he is averaging 36.5 minutes, 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Hopefully Ariza won’t play as much next season as he did this year.