March Madness Stars Who Would Be Great Fits with the Houston Rockets
Even if the Houston Rockets make the playoffs this season, they have a plethora of limitations that will prevent them from making any type of a run.
With Yao Ming's career over and Chase Budinger and Goran Dragic becoming free agents this summer, the team needs major help up front and some depth in the backcourt.
They have two first-round draft picks this season and will definitely use the draft as a means to improve their team.
Here are some March Madness stars general manager Daryl Morey will be looking at come June.
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Jeremy Lamb wasn't a March Madness star this season, but he's already had his fair share of success in the tournament when he led the Connecticut Huskies to a national title last year.
Lamb is a fantastic shooter who could come off the bench, spelling Kevin Martin. He's an excellent perimeter player, but needs improvement when it comes to driving into the lane. That being said, having him come off the bench for his first few seasons won't be such a bad thing for both sides.
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John Henson is a big-time shot-blocker who averaged over three blocks per game. He has a 7'4" wingspan and can clog up the paint defensively.
The name of his game is defense and he'll be a welcome addition to the Houston Rockets, who would love to get bigger down low. Yao Ming's retirement has made the Rockets old and slow in their frontcourt. They would love to have a guy like Henson swatting shots away left and right.
Henson averaged over 12 points and eight rebounds in the tournament for North Carolina.
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It's difficult to see Jared Sullinger dropping this low in the draft, but assuming he does, the Houston Rockets should waste no time in drafting him.
He has a massive body weighing near 300 pounds and he uses it to create space in the paint for high-percentage shots.
Only problem for the Rockets is that he'll probably be taken in the top 10. That being said, several mock drafts have him going in the middle of the first round.
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Just like Jeremy Lamb, Doron Lamb has an excellent jump shot to go along with his championship experience in the tournament.
Lamb averaged over 16 points per game in the tournament and he added 22 points in the national championship game against Kansas. That performance most definitely caught the eyes of many scouts around the NBA and he's probably a lock to go in the first round now.
Lamb could definitely use improvement in his game and shouldn't be judged by a small sample, but he could definitely be a valuable bench player because of his shooting abilities for the Rockets.
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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey loves analytics. He's spoken at MIT's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference several times during the last few years.
With that said, there's no doubt that he's seen Andrew Nicholson's Player Efficiency Rating, which hovers over 30. The average for PER is 15. In fact, Nicholson has the fifth best Player Efficiency Rating in the nation.
That's a type of stat that a guy like Morey will definitely not ignore.
Nicholson makes a living down low, but can also set killer screens to help out his team offensively. He would be a solid replacement for Yao Ming in the paint for the Rockets.