The Houston Rockets will rely on several rookies and young players right away this season. The Rockets should be faster than most opponents they face because of the young speed they feature up and down the roster.
The only returning Rockets player from last year's opening night starting lineup is Kevin Martin, and his spot as a starter isn't a lock. Rookie Jeremy Lamb should see more playing time as the year goes on, possibly taking the starting shooting guard job from Martin altogether eventually.
Terrence Jones, Royce White and Donatas Motiejunas will all play key reserve roles as rookies.
Jones used his length and quickness to dominate the Summer League, and proved he will be ready for a role off the bench immediately. He should be used to match up against the longer wing players in the NBA like Kevin Durant and Danny Granger.
Motiejunas had ups and downs in his Summer League showing, but displayed advanced offensive ability and a dangerous outside touch for a big man. Motiejunas will give head coach Kevin McHale the flexibility to employ lineups that force the other team's big man to defend him all over the floor.
White has the most unique skill set of any player on the roster, but he is also one of the rawest. White was prone to turnovers in Summer League play, but showed the ability to handle the ball well for a big man. He can run in the open floor and has advanced vision for a forward.
All of these young players will play major roles with the Rockets this year, and they'll only be relied on more as the season goes on.