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Hello Basketball fans, Jack writing,
As you know, its off-season, so its time for the projections, here’s my next one in a long line of projections.
The rockets have been sitting stationary for the last few years, not going well enough to make the playoffs, and not bad enough to get into the lottery and have a shot at a good draft spot. For the last 3 years, the Rockets have had the best win record of all the teams who didn’t make the playoffs. I commend them, because they have hung in there and haven’t tanked a season to get a good draft spot, they have kept fighting but have failed each season. This year, though, they are looking like they are on the way up. Only recently have the rockets won the battle with the Knicks for star Point Guard Jeremy Lin, who rocketed, no pun intended, the Knicks into the playoffs. The Rockets management are looking for him to do the same thing with their team.
As well as Obtaining Jeremy Lin, the Rockets have held onto some players which helped them to maintain their consistently average performance. They keep their 6’7″ Guard Kevin Martin, who averaged a solid 17.1 Points per Game. They also held onto Chandler Parsons, the 6’9″ Forward who averaged 45.2% from the field in the 2012 season. Omer Asik is going to help the Forwards as a new addition to the team. These four players will be an important part of the Rockets Team going into the new season, and the Rockets performance will rely almost fully on how well the team performs. Kevin Martin and Omer Asik will be the key players on defense, and Asik will have to cover for the sometimes sloppy defense from the rest of the interior.
If Jeremy Lin performs, I would not be surprised to see the Rockets jump up a few spots to as high as 6th or 7th, maybe even 5th, if they go really well. As is the case with any Point Guard playing for the new team, Lin will have to gel well with the Rockets to get the offense started. If Lin doesn’t perform as well as he did for the Knicks, then there isn’t much hope for the Rockets, as he is going to be the cornerstone of the team going into the new season. Expect to see the Rockets make their first playoff appearance in a long time, and see them make a bit of a surprising splash in the Western conference.