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The Houston Rockets picked center Zhou Qi in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 1:01 pm

The Houston Rockets selected 20-year old center Zhou Qi out of China with the #43 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  He is 7’2″, 218 pounds.  Qi played in 42 games (40 starts) in China last year and he averaged 34.2 minutes, 15.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.2 blocked shots per game.  He has now played in 73 games (60 starts) in his first two years in China and he is averaging 32.1 minutes, 15.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steal and 3.2 blocked shots per game.  If you are going to draft and stash a player in the second round of the NBA Draft…..why not a 7 footer?  I like this pick for the Rockets.

The Houston Rockets picked Chinanu Onuaku in the 2nd round of the 2016 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 12:49 pm

The Houston Rockets selected center Chinanu Onuaku out of Louisville with the #37 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  Onuaku is 6’11”, 230 pounds.  He played in 31 games for Louisville last year and he averaged 24.6 minutes, 9.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 blocked shots per game.  He played in 66 games in his two years with the Cardinals and he averaged 21.0 minutes, 6.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 blocked shots per game.  He shot 61.9% from the floor in college, but only 54.7% from the free throw line.  I like this pick for the Rockets, as Onuaku is a big guy that plays the game that way.

Look for the Houston Rockets to aim big in free agency

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 6:45 am

Look for the Houston Rockets to aim big in free agency this summer.  Here are the three guys I think they might target in free agency:

1. Hassan Whiteside, C – The Rockets tried to trade Dwight Howard for him at the trade deadline last year.  So it makes sense to make a run at him when it only costs money.

2. Pau Gasol, PF/C – Pau Gasol would give the Rockets a better second option offensively than Dwight Howard was.

3. Rajon Rondo, PG – Rondo is an old school, pass first point guard.  He makes everyone on his team a better offensive player.

The Houston Rockets have five free agents heading into this summer

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 6:40 am

The Houston Rockets have five free agents heading into this summer and it’s a very real possibility that they all leave.  Center Dwight Howard opted out of his contract this summer and he is looking to land on a team that will pay him max money.  In my opinion, I think the Rockets should just let him go and sign another center in free agency to replace him.  PF Josh Smith is likely gone too, as he might be able to find a team that likes him this summer.  Point guard Jason Terry could be leaning towards retirement.  PF Terrence Jones got into the Rockets’ Dog House last year, but they can match any offer he gets as he is a restricted free agent.  PF/C Donatas Motiejunas is also a restricted free agent that I could see leaving as the Rockets actually traded him last year to the Pistons, before the deal was rescinded due to a back problem.

Dwight Howard has opted out of his contract with the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 7:00 pm

30-year old center Dwight Howard has opted out of his contract with the Houston Rockets, making him an unrestricted free agent.  Howard was due to make $23,282,457 bucks if he opted in for the 2016-17 season with the Rockets.  I think he might not mind re-signing with the Rockets, but I think they might have other plans with that newly found salary cap space.  Howard played in 71 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 32.1 minutes, 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.6 blocked shots per game.  He shot an impressive 62% from the floor and a simply pathetic 48.9% from the free throw line last year.  Howard played in 183 games (all starts) in his three years with the Rockets and he averaged 32.2 minutes, 16.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocked shots per game.  Howard also has played in 28 games (all starts) in the playoffs for the Rockets and he averaged 35.2 minutes, 17.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.3 blocked shots per game.  Despite only playing three years with the Rockets, Howard is #10 in franchise history in blocked shots with 294 of them.  Howard has now played in 880 games (879 starts) in his first 12 years in the NBA and he is averaging 35.3 minutes, 17.8 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.1 blocked shots per game.  He could get max or near max money on the free agent market, as he is the best center available.

The Houston Rockies hire Mike D’Antoni to be their next head coach

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Coaching,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 11:19 pm

The Houston Rockets have signed 65-year old Mike D’Antoni to a 4-year deal to be their new head coach.  He was an Associate Head Coach for the Philadelphia 76ers last year.  He has a 455-426 (51.6%) record during the regular season in his first 12 years as a NBA head coach and he is also 26-33 (44.1%) in the playoffs!  He has made it to the playoffs six times in his career which is the same amount of times that his teams have finished .500 or better.  He has two years of 60+ wins on his resume as a head coach.  D’Antoni will likely turn up the pace, which should suit the Rockets’ roster well!

J.B. Bickerstaff probably won’t be the head coach of the Houston Rockets much longer

Blogged under Bloglockers,Coaching,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 2:15 pm

The Houston Rockets started talking to ex-NBA head coaches about their head coaching gig during the playoffs!  So, 37-year old J.B. Bickerstaff might not be a head coach too much longer.  He did get the Rockets back to the playoffs this year, but it was a quick exit.  Bickerstaff is 37-34 (52.1%) during the regular season and 1-4 (20%) in the playoffs so far as an NBA head coach.  He has been an assistant coach for 12 years in the NBA and he was in his sixth year as an assistant coach with the Rockets until he was elevated to replace Kevin McHale as the head coach.

UPDATE:  (5/5/2016) – J.B. Bickerstaff has informed the Houston Rockets that he has no interest in having the interim tag removed from his head coaching title.

The Houston Rockets had a 2015-16 season to forget

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 2:11 pm

The Houston Rockets had to fight tooth and nail to finish with a 41-41 record to secure the final spot in the Western Conference Playoffs, just one year after losing in the Western Conference Finals to the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.  This year they were knocked out in five games in the first round of the playoffs by those same Golden State Warriors.  The Rockets fired head coach Kevin McHale early in the season, with a 4-7 record.  J.B. Bickerstaff finished up the season by going 37-34.

TEAM MVPJames Harden, shooting guard – 26-year old shooting guard James Harden had an incredible year for the Rockets in 2015-16.  He played in 82 games (all starts) for the Rockets in 2015-16 and he averaged 38.1 minutes, 29.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  He had 23 Double-Doubles and 3 Triple-Doubles last year.  In the 32 games (all starts) in which Harden played at least 40 minutes, he averaged 42.4 minutes, 33.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

MOST IMPROVEDClint Capela, center – 21-year old center Clint Capela improved by leaps and bounds in his second year in the NBA.  Capela played in 77 games (35 starts) for the Rockets in 2015-16 and he averaged 19.1 minutes, 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.2 blocked shots per game.  He only shot 37.9% from the free throw line this year, which is horrid!  But, he did have 10 Double-Doubles for the Rockets last year.  In his 31 games in which he played at least 20 minutes, Capela averaged 25.6 minutes, 8.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTTerrence Jones, power forward – The Rockets expected Terrence Jones to build off his solid 2014-15 season, but that didn’t happen as he lived in the Dog House in 2015-16.  Jones played in 50 games (11 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 20.9 minutes, 8.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  After the All-Star Break, Jones only played in 5 games (0 starts) in which he averaged 8.2 minutes, 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.  In his 7 games (5 starts) in which Jones played at least 30 minutes, he averaged 34.3 minutes, 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

The Houston Rockets were downright awful against the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 1:56 pm

The Houston Rockets were lucky to win a game against the Warriors, as they lost this series in only five games.  The Rockets only shot 38.6% from the floor, 26.8% from three point range and 64.2% from the free throw line as a team against the Warriors, and those are pathetic numbers.  The Rockets were outscored by an average of 110.0 points per game to 91.2 points per game.  The crazy thing about this series is that Stephen Curry barely played in it and they still kicked the tar out of the Rockets!  26-year old shooting guard James Harden tried to carry the team, but to no avail.  He started all five games against the Warriors and he averaged 38.6 minutes, 26.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game.  30-year old center Dwight Howard didn’t play that well offensively in this series and he probably has played his last game with the Rockets.  He played in 5 games (all starts) against the Warriors and he averaged 36.0 minutes, 13.2 points, 14.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game.  27-year old small forward Michael Beasley added some scoring punch off the bench in this series, as he played in all 5 games (0 starts) against the Warriors in which he averaged 16.1 minutes, 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.

Game #5: Golden State Warriors 114, Houston Rockets 81

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 6:39 am

The Houston Rockets didn’t show up at all last night!  They only shot 32.6% from the floor, 18.8% from the three point line and 68.4% from the free throw line last night!  They didn’t play ANY D either as the Warriors shot 54.9% from the floor and 41.9% from three point range last night.  James Harden led the way for the Rockets in this game with 35 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.  Michael Beasley pitched in with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes off the bench.  Dwight Howard played 45 minutes last night and he only shot 3 of 13 from the floor, but he still filled up the stat sheet with 8 points, 21 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.  The Houston Rockets lose this series in five games to the Warriors.

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