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James Harden is one of the premier guards in the entire NBA.
Players: James Harden, Ronnie Brewer, Reggie Williams, BJ Young
The Rockets have arguably the best shooting guard in the league, but it's a pretty big drop-off after that. James Harden established himself as an elite scorer last season in his first year with the Rockets, but he doesn't have a lot of backup help.
Harden averaged 25.9 points per game, good for fifth best in the NBA last season. He can shoot from deep (37.0 percent for his career) and attack the basket as well as anybody. Harden specializes in creating contact and getting to the line, attempting more free throws than anyone else in the league.
Harden is primed to have another career year in H-town, but the question is who will play when he needs to rest. Ronnie Brewer appears to be that guy.
The Rockets signed Brewer as a free agent this past summer to help their perimeter defense. Brewer is an above-average defender, and the Rockets need all the help they can get in that category, surrendering the third most opponent points per game.
After Brewer, the depth at shooting guard is fairly barren.
Reggie Williams was also an addition via free agency over the summer. He is a career 37.1 percent three-point shooter, but he will struggle to get minutes on a consistent basis simply because the Rockets are too deep. BJ Young, an undrafted free agent, is almost guaranteed to end up in the D-Leauge after training camp.
If Harden can build on last year's huge success, Houston has nothing to worry about at shooting guard. If he goes down though, I don' think the Rockets would be able to recover.
Overall grade: B+