The Houston Rockets went all in with 26-year old center Omer Asik, signing him to a huge contract over the summer. He will take over as the Rockets’ starting center from Day #1. He played in 66 games (2 starts) for the Bulls last year and he averaged 14.7 minutes, 3.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.0 blocked shot per game. Asik has now played in 148 games (2 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 13.2 minutes, 2.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. He is going to rebound and play defense really well for the Rockets this year, book it. 22-year old Donatas Motiejunas will be Asik’s top backup in 2012-13. He was a first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He played in 51 games in Poland, VTB United League and Euroleague last year in which he averaged 27.3 minutes, 14.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game. He has a nice upside. 21-year old Greg Smith will be #3 in line at center for the Rockets if he makes the roster. He played in 8 games (0 starts) as a rookie for the Rockets last year and he averaged 8.6 minutes, 1.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTERS IN 2012-13: B