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5 Best Situational Lineups for the Houston Rockets in 2012-13

Love PatelContributor IIISeptember 3, 2012

5 Best Situational Lineups for the Houston Rockets in 2012-13

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    Houston's new look presents interesting possibilities in terms of situational lineups.

    A portion of their roster has never seen minutes in a real NBA game before, but their abilities suggest they can play certain roles in specific situations.

    Here's a look at ideas for lineups the Rockets could use this season.

Starting

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    1) Jeremy Lin

    2) Kevin Martin

    3) Chandler Parsons

    4) Patrick Patterson

    5) Omer Asik

    Lin was obviously brought to Houston to contribute significantly in a starting role.

    Until Martin is traded, he's still the most solid scoring option at the shooting guard spot, but I would count on Jeremy Lamb developing quickly and getting more minutes.

    Parsons' first year went well, and he has established himself as a promising young talent on this roster. Both Patterson and Asik will serve as a defensive presence up front.

Big

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    1) Jeremy Lin

    2) Jeremy Lamb/Carlos Delfino

    3) Chandler Parsons/Royce White

    4) Terrence Jones/Patrick Patterson

    5) Omer Asik

    Both Lin and Lamb are expected to develop defensively, and both already have a lot to offer offensively.

    Delfino's experience should allow for a nice pair with Lin. He knows how to create space and will allow Lin to play more toward his strengths.

    Jones offers a nice mix of size and outside game, and Asik is the presence down low.

Small

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    1) Jeremy Lin

    2) Jeremy Lamb

    3) Chandler Parsons/Royce White/Carlos Delfino

    4) Terrence Jones/Donatas Motiejunas

    5) Omer Asik

    This lineup isn't as small as it is fast. Asik would be a much-needed defender to allow others to get down the floor quickly off of rebounds.

    Motiejunas has shown he can be effective in transition as well as the other rookies on the roster. White's ability to pass and find his teammates can also be effective in transition.

Defensive

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    1) Toney Douglas/Jeremy Lin

    2) Jeremy Lamb

    3) Chandler Parsons

    4) Patrick Patterson

    5) Omer Asik

    If Douglas is on the final roster, this is where he would prove to be the most useful.

    Lamb's length and athleticism suggest he can be a solid defender, but his ability to create his own shot or attack the basket can help spark some offense within this lineup.

    Parsons, Patterson and Asik are defensive stalwarts.

Three-Point

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    1) Jeremy Lin

    2) Jeremy Lamb

    3) Kevin Martin/Carlos Delfino

    4) Chandler Parsons

    5) Donatas Motiejunas

    This lineup is somewhat lacking defensively, with the exception of Parsons.

    While teams put out different lineups to run certain sets and create a specific shot at the end of games, this lineup is made purely with various three-point shooters in mind.

    Motiejunas is capable of hitting a shot from the outside and can stretch the floor, creating space for one of the guards to attack the basket and throw off the defense.

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