Houston Rockets: If Nothing Else the New Young Rockets Will Be Versatile

Vinny HardyCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2012

Houston Rockets: If Nothing Else the New Young Rockets Will Be Versatile

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    The Houston Rockets' season opener against the Detroit Pistons is fast approaching.

    Several roster changes have been made, most notably the acquisition of Jeremy Lin.

    More moves may happen in the near future.

    That said, the three young first-round draft picks aren't bad at all.  As things currently stand, they are all still on the roster, and they will infuse the team with youth and versatility.

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Jeremy Lamb

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    Jeremy Lamb brings will bring his silky smooth game to Houston.  He's a glider.

    It will look as if he's not playing hard when he really is.  He helped the UConn Huskies win the national championship as a freshman.

    Lamb averaged 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game as a sophomore.  He improved his individual numbers across the board despite the team's struggles. 

    At 6'5" and 180 pounds, he's skinny, as everyone knows. 

    He will have to try to gain some weight.  The success of Reggie Miller and Tayshaun Prince show that guys with his body type can hold their own.

Terrence Jones

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    Terrence Jones brings a lot to the table as well.  He may or may not be a tweener at the next level.  That remains to be seen.

    But at 6'9" 252 pounds, he can do a little bit of everything.  He can bang, mix it up and score down low. 

    He has the ability to get to the rim off the dribble or hit the mid-range jumper.  When he gets set he can even knock down the deep three. 

    He will definitely cause some match-up problems.

    Like Lamb, he's used to playing and winning at the highest level.  He helped the Kentucky Wildcats win the national championship last season.

    He adjusted his role with all of the incoming freshman coming in and sacrificed his individual numbers.  He averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals per game in two seasons at UK. 

Royce White

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    Royce White is the prototypical point forward with a grown man's post up game.

    At 6'8" and 270 pounds, he can do it all, and in his one season for the Iowa State Cyclones that's what he did.

    If the defender was too big he used his superior quickness, if they were too quick he utilized that bulk.  He seems to always be a step ahead.

    Add in the fact that he's a great passer as well, and that just diversifies his game even more.

    White averaged 13.4 points, 9.3 boards, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

    Iowa State was pretty much a one-man team.  White was clearly the Cyclones' best player which obviously made him the focal point of opposing defenses every night.

    In his final game, an 87-71 loss to eventual national champion Kentucky, White had 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block against several defenders.

    That pretty much says it all.

     

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