Why the Rockets are doing the right thing
Over the past two weeks the Rockets have been heavily critisized for attempting to land Dwight Howard despite his insistent that he would not sign a long term commiment with the team. We've called them foolish to waste their prized assets for a 1 year rental, however there is logic behind why they have pursued Dwight so relentlessly: No team has ever won a championship without a superstar. The Rockets have very nice assets, Royce White, Terrrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Donatas Montiejunas, Chandler Parsons, Marcus Morris, and Chandler Parsons, in addition to Lin, Martin, and Asik. this is a solid team with potential and youth, but those young assets will not turn into stars. I believe that all four of their rookies and Chandler Parsons will have double digit averages for their careers and will be starter quality players, great value for the position they were drafted at, but that's not going to win you championship.
The general concensus has always been that if you aren't contending for a tittle, you need to bottom out and go for the lotto. Now to contend you NEED a star, no team in history with the exception of the Detroit Pistons has ever won a tittle without a bonafide superstar player, and that 2004 team had 4 extremely good All-Stars and played hard-nosed suffocating D. So why is it a problem that the Rockets are pursuing a Star? Isn't the ultimate goal to win a tittle? So if you get Dwight and somehow convince him to stay, then you have a bonafide superstar to build around. And in the case that he leaves you, you now suck, you lost prized assets, and your team is bad........which means you can bottom out and get that franchise player through the draft. I honestly don't see what's so confusing about this logic, the goal is to win a tittle, the Rockets are not winning a tittle without that franchise player, so if you do lose Dwight, that does give you a chance to bottom out and go get Jabari Parker or another stud in 2014.
People should back off of Houston as far as going after Dwight. My problem, with them is that they keep piling up forwards. With that said, they don't have one guy that should be untouchable in a trade for an Elite player. They are basically a collection of young role players. Every team would love to have some of their guys, but none of these guys are likely to be stars or even all stars. The only problem is that you would delay the rebuilding process by a year if Dwight takes off, but isn't the possible reward worth the risk? He's not going to Brooklyn without help from whatever team last held his rights and he knows it now. If he does bolt you should be able to get some assets back even if you end up participating in a sign and trade.
I actually don't have a problem with them having so many fowards, because most of the fowards that they have are really versatile, and they weren't reaching for guys, they were picking the best player avalible. Royce White can handle the ball and has the pasing ability of a point guard., Chandler Parsons played point foward at Florida if I'm not mistaken, Terrence Jones is ahtletic and runs the break really well. I don't have a problem with the particular guys they have, although they do have a bit of a logjam.
... well denver with carmelo a "star player"was not a real contender : they waited on BILLUPS to be serious in the PO. And now Denver with a more balanced / deep roster is still not a contender but a more difficult team to beat. Phila without a "star" was a serious team to beat last year in the PO, indiana too.
I think, now, with the new CBA, allowing to play with 2 different caps (the luxury one for some big market teams able to bring superstars and the real one for the other teams not able to pay the taxes or bring superstars) there is no real competition. Some teams should be able to contend and some ... not. Unfortunately.
So if you are not miami, LA, Chicago, NY, Boston or Dallas you have to build (smart) a deep balanced roster in order to contend : bring some european cheaper players, bring some Dleague and undrafted surprises, keep some experienced players, keep an effective coaching staff (and management).
I don't really think houston can attract d12 (even if they are a HUGE market) so they should build around their draftees and young players and STOP bringing other assets (especially PF it's insane).
White, Jones, Lamb, Machado, Motiejunas,, Patterson, Parsons, Lin , Asik, Morris are a smart group of yound prospects. Bring some vet' and let them develop their games.
yeah those guys are great young players..... but its Brockman, JaJuan Johnson, Harrelson, Aldemir, Williams, Smith, Simpson and Morris that people have a problem with...its because they're redundant, if they're being stockpiled for a Dwight trade, Orlando is fine at the PF position. From Orlando's perspectave, none of these guys are going to fill the gaping hole at C when Dwight leaves, and they already have Gled Davis, Andrew Nicholson and Gustavo Ayon who are all fine PFs who would prob be better as backups right now but one (or two, pending a trade) will have to start.
I don't know what they're really doing though, maybe they have a plan but it seems like theyre all over the place.
They could have pulled a sign and trade with Dragic and tried to unload a big and get a second rounder or two.
They could have found a much better trade for Lowry.
And lastly, why the hell did they sign Diamon Simpson and Greg Smith?
They're making some pointless/careless moves IMO.
i think more people are giving the rockets criticism due to the fact they are giving up a lot of the assets theyve gotten over the past few years from trades or drafts just for a one year rental on dwight with no guarentee that hell resign. theyve spent a few years piling up picks and young players to get a stat or two, but the fact remains dwight has shown no interest in going there so it doesnt make too much sense that they would continuously pursue him. let dwight go wherever because houston has potential and have a lot of players who can really play the game and given a couple years, if the team remains intact can make some noise in the western conference. they understand they need a star and who knows, one of their players they have now may blossom into one, they need to be patient.
I suppose If you call gus williams, jack sikma, or dennis johnson a superstar. Haha, but i know what you mean. I disagree though, yes it is better to be bad then average in the nba but They are getting some nice talent and in a couple years when the spurs, lakers, mavs etc... either have to rebuild themselves or retool quickly. But they lose their superstars soon so trading for dwight in my opinion without a deal from him to resign is giving away pieces that are helping you build toward your goal.
The Rockets since Yao and T-Mac both fell to injuries have been a borderline play off team with an evolving roster. If they were after Dwight Howard then amnestying Scola was a strange idea as the first thing Dwight would want would surely be a couple of solid running mates in this case maybe Martin and Scola. Whilst Houston may not like their big salaries giving them around 30 to 35 ppg combined, the star player often wants this sort of support to back him up.
Also with Houston stockpiling PF's, would Orlando want many of these as they have Davis and now Nicholson in place. Houston have maybe decided to start over and if Lin and Asik can come good they can be around .500 and maybe sneak in the play offs but if they do struggle then they will get a nice draft pick so Morey's idea does only have very limited downside