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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-

Rudy Tomjanovich is a Houston Rockets’ icon!

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at 6:15 pm

Forward Rudy Tomjanovich was a really, really good basketball player for the Houston Rockets, but he will probably be remembered more for being their head coach, as he led them to NBA Championships in both 1993-94 and 1994-95 in that role.  Those are still the only two NBA Championships in Houston Rockets’ history!

Tomjanovich played in 768 games in his 11 years as a player for the Rockets, in which he averaged 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.  He also played in 37 games in the playoffs for the Rockets in which he averaged 28.1 minutes, 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  Tomjanovich was a All-Star six times in his 11 years with the Rockets!  His best season came back in 1973-74, when he played in 80 games in which he averaged 40.3 minutes, 24.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He is still #3 in points scored in Rockets’ history with 13,383 of them!  He is also still #3 in games played (768), #5 in offensive rebounds (1,173), #5 in defensive rebounds (2,783) and he is still #4 in total rebounds (6,198) in Rockets’ history.

Tomjanovich compiled a 503-397 (55.9%) record during the regular season in his 12 years as the head coach of the Houston Rockets.  He was also 51-39 (56.7%) in the playoffs as the Rockets’ head coach.  In 1993-94, Tomjanovich led the Rockets to a 58-24 (70.7%) regular season record and he led them on a 15-8 (65.2%) run in the NBA Playoffs to win the first NBA Championship in Rockets’ history.  He followed that up by leading the Rockets to a 47-35 (57.3%) regular season record in 1994-95.  He then when 15-7 in the playoffs (68.2%) to win a second NBA Championship in Rockets’ history!

If there was a Houston Rockets’ Mount Rushmore, Rudy Tomjanovich would have his face there!

The Houston Rockets sign Pablo Prigioni

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 14 July 2016 at 12:50 pm

The Houston Rockets have signed 39-year old point guard Pablo Prigioni.  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.  Prigioni also played in 5 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Clippers last year and 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 and 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 for the Rockets in 2014-15 in which he averaged 17.2 minutes, 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  Prigioni 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 so far in his career and he is averaging 16.6 minutes, 3.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.  Prigioni could be the Rockets’ backup point guard in 2016-17, so I like that they brought him back.

UPDATE:  (10/26/2016) – The Rockets have waived Pablo Prigioni.

The Houston Rockets decline Andrew Goudelock’s option for 2016-17

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 2:29 pm

The Houston Rockets have declined 27-year old shooting guard Andrew Goudelock‘s team option for the 2016-17 season.  He played in 8 games (0 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 6.3 minutes, 2.8 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He also played in 2 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Rockets last year in which he averaged 5.5 minutes, 3.0 points and 1.0 rebound per game.  Goudelock has now played in 49 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 9.7 minutes, 4.0 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He has also played in 9 games (2 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 11.2 minutes, 5.2 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  This is not much of a loss moving forward for the Rockets.

The Houston Rockets sign Nene Hilario

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 9:16 pm

The Houston Rockets have signed 33-year old PF/C Nene Hilario to a 1-year, $2.9 million dollar deal.  Nene played in 57 games (11 starts) for the Washington Wizards last year and he averaged 19.2 minutes, 9.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  He has now played in 804 games (612 starts) in his first 14 years in the NBA and he is averaging 28.3 minutes, 12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  Nene has also played in 64 games (56 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 29.4 minutes, 10.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  This was a good move for the Rockets, as Nene came to them pretty cheap for a player with his resume’.  As of right now, he will likely back up Clint Capela at center for the Rockets in 2016-17.

The Houston Rockets sign Eric Gordon

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 8:48 am

The Houston Rockets have signed 27-year old shooting guard Eric Gordon to a 4-year, $53 million dollar deal.  Gordon played in 45 games (44 starts) for the Pelicans last year and he averaged 32.9 minutes, 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Gordon 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 only 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.  Gordon is shooting 43.5% from the floor, 38.3% from three point range and 81.4% from the three point line so far in his career.  Gordon is too small to play small forward for the Rockets and he isn’t going to start over James Harden, so he will likely be the Rockets’ 6th man.

The Houston Rockets sign Ryan Anderson

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 2 July 2016 at 3:28 pm

The Houston Rockets have signed 28-year old power forward Ryan Anderson to a 4-year, $80 million dollar deal.  Anderson 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.  He has now played in 484 games (159 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 26.0 minutes, 13.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Anderson has also played in 24 games (5 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 21.0 minutes, 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  Anderson is shooting 42.3% from the floor, 37.7% from three point range and 86.1% from the free throw line so far in his NBA career.  Anderson will move right into the starting lineup at power forward for the Rockets and he will help them with floor spacing due to the fact that he’s one of the best long range shooting big men in the NBA.  I love this move for the Rockets!

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.

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