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At the trade deadline, Daryl Morey dealt away Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas for Thomas Robinson while Marcus Morris was dealt to Phoenix for a second-round pick.
Before they were dealt, all but Aldrich were featured players.
Let's look at the four departed Rockets' grades:
Patrick Patterson did a fine job as a starter and is clearly a starting-caliber power forward in the NBA. Trading him away hurt and he's starting now for Keith Smart in Sacramento. The Rockets may live to regret trading Patterson, who is tough on the interior for a stretch-4.
Typically, big men who can shoot tend to be soft, but Patterson is an exception. He averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game with the Rockets.
Marcus Morris never really lived up to the hype of having been a late lottery pick. So Daryl Morey traded him to play with his brother, Markieff, in Phoenix. The Rockets obtained a second-round pick for their troubles.
Morris: C -
Toney Douglas is a very valuable guy off the bench and losing him badly hurt the Rockets. He can score in a hurry, play aggravating and pesky defense and typically brings a lot of energy in his short minutes. Douglas also served as a great backup to Lin because he could come in and play at the same level or higher if Lin was having an off-night.
Per-36, Douglas averaged 15.7 points, 3.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals. Comparatively, Lin averaged 14.9 points, 6.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Lin is better, but Douglas is a bargain-basement kind of guy who makes a team better.
Cole Aldrich didn't see much time in Houston, but he'll be able to tell his grandchildren that he retained his spot on the roster when the eventual starter (Greg Smith) was optioned to the D-League. Aldrich is a big body who will be an effective backup 5-man, but nothing more and nothing less.
Aldrich saw just 213 minutes in Houston before being dealt, but his per-36 averages of 8.5 points and 9.6 rebounds indicate he has beastly potential. Then again, the aspect of garbage time and its inflated numbers do come into play here.
Aldrich has seen an increased role in Sacto (very slightly increased, that is) and done pretty well, posting a league average PER of 15.7 in 12 minutes of play a night.
Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2012-13 regular season and sourced from Basketball-Reference.com