Houston Rockets History
The Houston Rockets surprised many this past season because they failed to make the playoffs despite having two of the best players in the league. Led by All-Stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, two players in the elite of their position, the Houston Rockets struggled because of numerous reasons such as injuries, poor shooting, and a lack of speed. They ended the season at the bottom of their division, 34-48, and 29 games behind division leader, the San Antonio Spurs.
In a competitive Southwest Division with the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Hornets, and San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets had little chances to win because Tracy McGrady missed a substantial amount of the season because of numerous problems with his back, along with Yao Ming missing time with an infected toe and broken bones in his feet. Ming had never missed a game in his NBA career until this season. Both are reported to be healing quickly and should be prepared for next year.
The Houston Rockets will be looking to find a shooting guard in the upcoming draft to fill a huge hole in the roster. Guard Luther Head was originally signed to fill that void but Coach Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t believe he can be a full-time start. Inconsistent play by Head is forcing the Houston Rockets to look for one in the draft. Critics say this year’s draft is deep in shooting guards.
With the eighth selection in this year’s draft, the Houston Rockets could go for their desperately needed shooting guard, but there is also concern about the point guard position. Point guard Rafer Alston, or known as “Skip to my Lou during his And 1 days, was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Raptors but even though he played 63 games, he too had inconsistent play. Bobby Sura was also expected to play point guard but numerous injuries kept him out of play.
Contract issues will also be a problem for the Houston Rockets this offseason. Center Dikembe Mutombo has another year left on his contract and said he wants to play another year needing only 36 blocks to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Mutombo is already 40 years old and age has affected his game greatly. Stromile Swift’s contract is also an issue because, after signing as a free agent last year, Swift had a disappointing season averaging only 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds. He has three years left on his contract.
Possible players who can join the Houston Rockets are Ronnie Brewer of Arkansas, Randy Foye of Villanova, or Brandon Roy of Washington. Brewer does not have the shooting the Houston Rockets need but is a great talent who can play both guard positions. Foye is the same, being able to play both positions, but can shoot and had a great tournament. Roy is considered one of the most complete guards of the draft and had strong tournament play.
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