July 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm
I really did not want Summer League to end.
And with good reason. Not just because the week-long event is like the Comic-Con for NBA junkies like myself, but because things could not have gone much better for the Rockets in Las Vegas, and I’m not talking about their 4-1 record. Houston was all the rage at Cox Pavilion this week as the team’s four first round pick rookies (three from this year’s draft and one from 2011) took the league by storm.
I was struck by not just their talent and potential, but by the fact that they quickly came together as a team. Often in Summer League play, players are out to boost their numbers and stats in the hope of making an NBA team, but that wasn’t the case with these Rockets. They shared the ball and passed about as well as any team I’ve seen, and as a result, everyone’s stock soared.
After spending a very fun week in Vegas to watch the squad, here are my thoughts on the Rockets rookies.
July 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm
The Houston Rockets Summer League team is loaded as far as young talent goes — Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas and Royce White for starters.
However, the two big draws for me coming out to Vegas were to see Motiejunas and White play live in person, and given that Motiejunas hasn’t been seen playing in scrimmages or against NBA action, he was the guy I was most curious to see play.
He didn’t disappoint.
July 6, 2012 at 9:39 am
Kyle Lowry is on the way out and the Rockets hope to have Dwight Howard on the way in
The consensus was already that it had not been a good offseason for Daryl Morey and the Rockets, and then they traded the last point guard they had left on their roster.
The Rockets sent Kyle Lowry to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, getting in exchange forward Gary Forbes (throw-in) and a future first round pick that is protected in such a way that makes it highly likely it will be a lottery pick. According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston receives the Raptors draft pick next year if it falls between 4-14. If not, it must fall between 3-14 in 2014 or 2015 or 2-14 in 2016 or 2017 to come to Houston. If it never hits any of those ranges, the pick goes to Houston unprotected in 2018.
The word coming from the organization is the same as it was when the team tried to move up in last week’s draft — whether it is in a trade for a superstar or to keep for themselves, they got a valuable piece in this move. The Rockets are still pursuing Dwight Howard and are “not out of it,” according to multiple sources with the team. The team also created about $4.25 million in cap room in the deal.
I don’t like this trade… I love it.
July 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm
BimaThug returns as we go long to analyze the 2012 NBA Draft and the Rockets selections of Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones, along with the acquisition of second round pick Furkan Aldemir. We also talk about the Rockets signing of Omer Asik to an offer sheet, the pursuit of Eric Gordon and how this impacts the Dwight Howard chase.
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June 28, 2012 at 9:47 am
I really like this draft, and that’s why I love that Chase Budinger trade.
There are several players in tonight’s draft that could make that trade for the 18th pick a steal for Houston — I’d say 20-25 that I think are well worth the price of Budinger — and to illustrate that, what better way than to just put them in order of who I like the most for the Rockets.
This wasn’t easy and it’s guaranteed to make me look like a fool a year or two from now, but let me be clear — I’d be pretty happy with just about anyone on the top 20 or so of this list. So here’s my personal top 25 for the Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft.
June 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm
In sixteen years, we’ve never tried our hands at running a podcast, but with the NBA Draft just over a week away, we felt it might be a good medium to get some thoughts out there.
BimaThug joins me to talk about the 2012 NBA Draft — who we like and don’t like for the Rockets at picks 14 and 16. We also talk about desirable trade-up targets, whether or not the Rockets have a long-term plan and ask if the 2012-13 season is make-or-break for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.
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May 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm
Once again, there was no lottery magic for the Houston Rockets.
For the third straight season, the Rockets will pick 14th in the NBA Draft. Houston went into Wednesday’s NBA Draft Lottery having just a 1.8% chance of coming away with a top three pick, but the overwhelming odds won out yet again as the Rockets were called out first at 14.
The Rockets took Patrick Patterson with the 14th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and selected Marcus Morris in the same spot in 2011.
The Rockets have another solid pick in the 16th selection (via New York from the T-Mac trade) and the team will almost assuredly try to package those picks to move up or acquire an established player.
The Southwest division also got tougher for the Rockets as the New Orleans Hornets won the lottery and are a lock to select Kentucky’s Anthony Davis in next month’s draft. Charlotte came away with the second pick and Washington the third. Some silver lining news for the Rockets was that the Brooklyn Nets did not win a top 3 pick, making it tougher for them to acquire a superstar via trade.
May 30, 2012 at 9:27 am
Roll out 12 overachieving role players and sprinkle in a little myopia from the front office, and the Houston Rockets are in the exact same spot for the third straight season — holding the bag on the final (14th) seed in the NBA Draft Lottery. As a result, Chandler Parsons, representing the Rockets at tonight’s lottery, should be able to clock out fairly quickly when the results are announced.
The first pick called is 14th. There is a 98.2% chance it will be the Houston Rockets. If they call out the Phoenix Suns or any other team, then the Rockets are in the top 3 and it’s time to party like it’s 2002.
That’s a ridiculous long shot, but while the Rockets’ night should be quick, there will still be plenty of intrigue remaining as to how the order shakes out, especially when it comes to potential trade partners. From a Rockets perspective, the least damaging result would likely be the three worst teams in the league (Charlotte, Washington, Cleveland) landing the top three picks, but that’s never the case. Given that no team in the league would likely trade the #1 pick (Anthony Davis), we have to root for a handful of teams to not land the top prize… so here are five teams the Rockets should be keeping a close eye on tonight.