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Rockets Show Interest in Koufos
Friday, Dec. 30
Trading for Koufos would be a sensible addition for the Rockets. According to NBA.com, Houston is 26th in points allowed in the paint (45.7 points per game). The team is also allowing opposing teams to shoot 63.4 percent inside five feet, which is 28th.
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Although he doesn't offer a lot of value on the offensive end, Koufos is a solid rim protector. The Kings are allowing four fewer points per 100 possessions when he's on the court, per NBA.com.
Below is a look at how shooters have performed when matched up against the 27-year-old, courtesy of NBA.com's player tracking data:
|Kosta Koufos—Opponent Shooting|
|Less Than Six Feet||60||97||61.9||61.7||0.2%|
|Less Than 10 Feet||76||142||53.5||56.9||-3.4%|
|Greater Than 15 Feet||29||82||35.4||38.7||-3.3%|
Still, the Rockets are having an unexpectedly good season. Most expected Houston to be on the fringe of the Western Conference playoff picture, not holding down the third seed in the West.
If the Rockets hope to make a deep playoff run, they'll have to improve defensively. Adding Koufos would undoubtedly help address that concern.