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The arrival of Dwight Howard among many other new faces will help the Rockets get better immediately.
The Rockets' roster will look much different than it did at the end of last season. GM Daryl Morey did some mixing and matching over the summer, bringing in a large handful of new faces in attempt to build a championship roster.
Dwight Howard (free agent)
Ronnie Brewer (free agent)
Reggie Williams (free agent)
Marcus Camby (free agent)
Omri Casspi (free agent)
Isaiah Canaan (draft)
Robert Covington (undrafted free agent)
BJ Young (undrafted free agent)
Jordan Henriquez (undrafted free agent)
Marko Todorovic (trade; overseas)
Kostas Papanikolaou (trade; overseas)
Howard is obviously the most significant addition, but there are plenty of other role guys who will have an impact.
Reggie Williams and Omri Casspi were brought in to play very specific roles. In their careers, they each have had some success at shooting spot-up threes. The Rockets love the three-ball, launching the most threes per game in the league last season.
Ronnie Brewer was signed as an additional perimeter defender. The Rockets struggled mightily on defense all of last year, relinquishing the third most points per game. They already brought in Howard to clog up the middle, but the perimeter defense still needs a lot of work, and Brewer will help resolve that issue.
The signing of Marcus Camby gives the Rockets a player-coach. Camby is already 39 years old and will probably not see the floor too often, but he brings veteran leadership into the locker room. The Rockets are a very young team without a lot of experience. Camby provides much-needed maturity to an inexperienced roster.
The majority of the new players will not have much impact this season, if any at all, for the Rockets. A handful of these guys are undrafted free agents that will get some work in at training camp but will end up in the D-League or cut. A couple of them are from overseas and may not even see a day in the NBA.
When all of these new faces come to town, however, others must leave to make room.
Carlos Delfino (free agent)
James Anderson (waived)
Thomas Robinson (trade)
Tim Ohlbrecht (waived)
Royce White (trade)
Delfino will be missed dearly. He had a lot of success in Houston, especially from behind the arc, in his one-year stint with the Rockets.
The Rockets shipped off Thomas Robinson in a trade in order to clear cap space for Dwight Howard. Robinson is a tremendous athlete with a lot of potential, but he did not have a huge impact for the Rockets last season.
James Anderson is the only other departing player that saw any significant minutes. Ohlbrecht hardly saw the floor, and White refused to play due to an anxiety disorder.
In the end, the Rockets lost a couple of good players, but they brought in much more talent. They won't be missing too many of these guys for long because their new roster is stacked and ready to make a championship run.