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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 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 hope for more out of Patrick Beverley in 2016-17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at 6:25 pm

The Houston Rockets hope that 28-year old point guard Patrick Beverley can take his game to a higher level in 2016-17.  Beverley played in 71 games (63 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 28.7 minutes, 9.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  He also played in 5 games (all starts) in the playoffs last year in which he averaged 25.8 minutes, 5.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  Beverley has now played in 224 games (173 starts) in his first four years with the Rockets and he is averaging 27.8 minutes, 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  He has also played in 17 games (16 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 31.2 minutes, 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  Beverley is an outstanding defensively player, but the Rockets would probably like it if he averaged 3-4 more points per game in 2016-17.

39-year old point guard Pablo Prigioni will be Beverley’s backup in 2016-17.  Prigioni played in 59 games (3 starts) for the Clippers last year and he averaged 13.9 minutes, 2.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  He also played in 5 games (0 starts) in the playoffs last year in which he averaged 5.2 minutes, 0.0 points, 0.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  Prigioni played in 24 games (0 starts) for the Rockets in 2014-15 in which he averaged 16.8 minutes, 3.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He also played in 17 games (0 starts) in the playoffs in 2014-15 for the Rockets in which he averaged 17.2 minutes, 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  He has now played in 270 games (51 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 16.9 minutes, 3.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  He has also played in 33 games (10 starts) in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 16.6 minutes, 3.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.  I don’t see Prigioni playing much more than 10 minutes per game for the Rockets in 2016-17.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKETS’ POINT GUARDS IN 2016-17:  C-

The Houston Rockets have pretty good depth at small forward for 2013-14

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Saturday 28 September 2013 at 7:58 am

The Houston Rockets have solid depth at small forward for 2013-14.  It all starts with 24-year old Chandler Parsons.  He played in 76 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 36.3 minutes, 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  He has now played in 139 games (133 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 32.8 minutes, 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He seems to be getting better every year and the Rockets hope that is the case once again in 2013-14.  31-year old Francisco Garcia is an offensive minded backup.  He played in 58 games (20 starts) for the Kings and Rockets last year in which he averaged 17.7 minutes, 5.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Garcia has now played in 480 games (133 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 22.0 minutes, 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  25-year old Omri Casspi and 21-year old Terrence Jones will duke it out in training camp for the #3 job at small forward for the Rockets in 2013-14.  Casspi played in 43 games (1 start) for the Cavaliers last year and he averaged 11.7 minutes, 4.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  Casspi has now played in 256 games (94 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 21.4 minutes, 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  Jones played in 19 games (0 starts) for the Rockets as a rookie last year and he averaged 14.5 minutes, 5.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.0 blocked shot per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SMALL FORWARDS IN 2013-14:  B

James Harden is a rising force for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 September 2013 at 7:00 pm

24-year old shooting guard James Harden is a rising force for the Rockets.  He played in 78 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 38.3 minutes, 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game.  Harden has now played in 298 games (85 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 29.7 minutes, 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  27-year old Reggie Williams will likely be Harden’s top backup in 2013-14.  Williams played in 40 games (0 starts) for the Bobcats last year and he averaged 9.5 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  He has now played in 177 games (32 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 20.0 minutes, 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHOOTING GUARDS IN 2013-14:  A+

The Houston Rockets are in decent shape at point guard for 2013-14

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Sunday 8 September 2013 at 5:38 am

25-year old Jeremy Lin is going to be the starting point guard in 2013-14 for the Rockets and he is a solid player.  Lin played in 82 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 32.2 minutes, 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  Lin has now played in 146 games (107 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 26.5 minutes, 11.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  25-year old Patrick Beverley is a pretty solid backup for the Rockets.  He played in 41 games (0 starts) as a rookie last year and he averaged 17.4 minutes, 5.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.  28-year old Aaron Brooks will also be on hand for the Rockets.  He played in 53 games (20 starts) for the Rockets and Kings last year in which he averaged 18.8 minutes, 7.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  He has now played in 325 games (149 starts) in his first five years in the NBA and he is averaging 24.0 minutes, 11.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.  22-year old rookie Isaiah Canaan (a 2nd round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft) will be sitting near the end of the bench in 2013-14 for the Rockets.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POINT GUARDS IN 2013-14:  B-

The Houston Rockets have a new look at center in 2012-13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 11:16 am

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

The Houston Rockets are going really young at power forward in 2012-13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 10:44 am

It appears that 23-year old Patrick Patterson will get his big shot to show what he can do in 2012-13. He played in 64 games (1 start) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 23.2 minutes, 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. Patterson has now played in 116 games (7 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 20.3 minutes, 7.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. 21-year old Royce White was a first round pick last June in the NBA Draft. He played in only one season for Iowa State in which he averaged 31.5 minutes, 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. White is afraid to fly, which will make his development fascinating to watch. He has a big time upside. 23-year old JaJuan Johnson, 25-year old Jon Brockman and 23-year old Marcus Morris will fight for P.T. behind Patterson and White. Johnson played in 36 games (0 starts) as a rookie for the Celtics last year and he averaged 8.3 minutes, 3.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game. Brockman played in 35 games (0 starts) for the Bucks last year and he averaged 6.8 minutes, 1.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. Brockman has now played in 150 games (10 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 10.5 minutes, 2.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. Marcus Moore was buried on the bench for the Rockets as a rookie last year. Moore played in 17 games (0 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 7.4 minutes, 2.4 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POWER FORWARDS IN 2012-13: C

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