It’s been a little over two weeks now since the Houston Rockets were eliminated by the Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker-less San Antonio Spurs. Such an embarrassing (and humiliating) loss indeed it was for the city of Houston. Now that it’s that time again, let’s discuss some keys for a constructive offseason.
Learn how to win without the three ball
It’s a fact. The Rockets are a deadly team, that is when their three ball is falling. Their offense attempts nearly 40 a game, more than any other team in the NBA. When that shot is not falling, that’s when problems occur. Live by the three, die by the three.
Acquire some toughness
The Rockets, as much as we hate to say it, need their Draymond Green. Patrick Beverley is probably the closest thing the Rockets have to an enforcer, but they need guys who can fight with determination and mindset.
Improve the front court depth
We all know when Nenê went out after suffering an injury in the Spurs series, it was a huge loss in terms of size and strength. Clint Capela was forced to play some big minutes and Ryan Anderson had to double up on LaMarcus Aldridge. The Rockets just don’t have any legitimate bigs to hold down the paint. While Montrezl Harrell’s a nice young player, he just doesn’t have the size needed down low.
Mike D’Antoni has a norm throughout his coaching career for his care (or lack thereof) of defense. There’s not exactly a key to playing good defense except your mindset. This means, first and foremost, that James Harden must commit to both ends of the court. The Rockets, on average, scored a 115.3 points per game and gave up a 109.6 points per game.
The Rockets are already contenders with their current state of the team, but if they can improve in these areas, then they can compete with the Spurs and the Warriors in the West.