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Dwight Howard was a huge addition for the Rockets, literally. He will help a great deal on defense inside the paint.
The Rockets may have won the offseason with the signing of Dwight Howard. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year will help the Rockets' defensive woes from last season in a big way.
Howard affects so many shots in the interior, even the ones he doesn't block. Some guards don't even shoot in the paint because they know that Howard is waiting for them.
He is a freak athlete with a gigantic frame. His offensive game and free throws need a lot of work, but he is still one of the most dominant big men on the planet.
Dwight left the Los Angeles Lakers because he wasn't happy in the bright lights with Kobe Bryant. He also was not a fan of coach Mike D'Antoni's "Seven Seconds or Less" offense. The Rockets will have to figure out a way to utilize Howard offensively in an efficient way that also makes him happy.
There are still a lot of kinks to work out, but bringing in Dwight Howard still makes the Rockets a legitimate contender. They now have two superstars and a great supporting cast, which gives them an opportunity to make a deep run in the playoffs this season and for many seasons to come.
The city of Houston has already added Howard to its long list of famous big men, which includes the likes of Ralph Sampson, Moses Malone and the great Hakeem Olajuwon. Howard has large expectations to live up to (although admittedly not nearly as much as he did in L.A.), so expect him to be the main big guy on the floor.
Before Dwight Howard came along, Omer Asik was the Rockets' starting center, and a good one, too. Asik is one of the elite defensive centers in the league, and he improved upon his offensive game a tremendous amount last season.
The Rockets brought in Asik last season to be the starter, and now he doesn't seem thrilled to be coming off the bench like he used to in Chicago behind Joakim Noah. Asik is a respectable center and could easily find a starting role elsewhere, despite his hefty contract.
But the Rockets have no intention of relinquishing the big man's services. Asik will make a splendid backup for Howard, and that would provide the Rockets with constant rim protection. Asik can wreak havoc coming off the bench and would help make the Rockets one of the best defensive and rebounding teams in the entire NBA.
Since Howard's health is still an uncertainty, Asik will assuredly still get a large helping of minutes for the Rockets. He may not start, but he will still play a pivotal role for this Houston team.
The Rockets continue to add new faces, as they inked Marcus Camby to a one-year deal for the veterans' minimum this past week, as reported by ESPN.
The Rockets did not bring Camby in to contribute on the floor as much as to contribute off of it. Camby only appeared in 24 games for the New York Knicks last season, in which he averaged fewer than two points per game.
In his prime, Camby was a defensive and rebounding specialist. The Rockets brought him in as an additional coach on the sideline and as a mentor for Dwight Howard. Camby may not even dress out on several occasions.
Consider Camby a player-coach, similar to Juwan Howard last season for the champion Miami Heat. Howard rarely played, but he was an experienced vet who provided wisdom and motivation. Camby will play a role much like Howard did, hopefully yielding the same result.
As a last-minute addition before training camp begins, the Rockets singed Henriquez to a contract. Henriquez spent the last four years at Kansas State.
It is unlikely that Henriquez will have any impact on the Rockets this season or even in the future. The big man will spend the entire season with the Vipers in the D-League if he even makes it through camp.
You may never even hear his name again, but who knows? Stranger things have happened.