And now, Houston Rockets fans, get ready for…a lot of interesting players.
A packed roster with players who are only generally-talented isn’t exactly what Daryl Morey wanted. He had hoped to swing a deal for Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol, per the Houston Chronicle. However, those aspirations never came to life.
Instead, he ended up drafting three talented players with question marks in Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Royce White.
Morey gave in to the trade demands of Kyle Lowry, shipping him to the Toronto Raptors.
That, along with the departure of Goran Dragic, created an opening for a scoring point guard, which became Jeremy Lin. The whole world will be watching to see whether Lin takes the next step after showing flashes of brilliance last season before suffering a meniscus tear.
After his six-game outburst, Lin had some bright performances.
However, he wasn’t nearly as strong after those six games, averaging 12 points and 5.7 assists per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the field.
The Harvard grad has at least some passing and shooting skills, but his dribbling skills and moves could use plenty of improvement. Surely, the Rockets will take their time to develop him.
Too bad the world isn’t waiting for Lin to grow with time.
Kevin Martin probably isn’t, either. Martin made it clear that he won't re-sign with Houston, per Sports Illustrated, and he could become even more upset if Lin doesn’t feed him the ball properly.
Aside from Lin, the Rockets’ other interesting free-agent pickup was Omer Asik.
Asik is a nice screen setter and defender near the basket, however, he doesn’t score and only played 13 minutes per game last season. He has some promise to be like Samuel Dalembert, but it’s difficult to project someone who played such sparse minutes.
Kevin McHale will have his work cut out for him in training camp.
He’ll have to weed out the unnecessary guys out of the 18 currently on the roster—none of whom just showed up for a shot in camp.
Then, he’ll have to find a way to take this collection of talent and turn it into a playoff team.