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Rockets Conundrum
Feldie
May 26, 2006
 
Team href=/profile//> Name: href=/profile//> Rockets

Draft href=/profile//> Picks: href=/profile//> href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> Draft href=/profile//> Picks href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> #8, href=/profile//> #32

Depth href=/profile//> Chart: href=/profile//>

PG: href=/profile//> Rafer href=/profile//> Alston
SG: href=/profile//> Luther href=/profile//> Head/Bob href=/profile//> Sura(?)
SF: href=/profile//> Tracy href=/profile//> McGrady
PF: href=/profile//> Juwan href=/profile//> Howard/Stromile href=/profile//> Swift/Ryan href=/profile//> Bowen
C: href=/profile//> Yao href=/profile//> Ming/Dikembe href=/profile//> Mutombo

*Indicates href=/profile//> Potential href=/profile//> Free href=/profile//> Agent href=/profile//>

Background: href=/profile//>

Not href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> report. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> injury href=/profile//> bug href=/profile//> plagued href=/profile//> T-Mac href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> on. href=/profile//> Yao href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> soft href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> tougher href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> progressed. href=/profile//> Yao’s href=/profile//> newly href=/profile//> found href=/profile//> assertiveness href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> T-Mac href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> healthy href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> sold href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> rookie href=/profile//> Luther href=/profile//> Head href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> garnered href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> attention href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> anyone href=/profile//> try href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> niche href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> T-Mac href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> replacement. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> mid href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> trade href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> James href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Alston href=/profile//> seemed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> favor href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Raptors href=/profile//> oddly href=/profile//> enough. href=/profile//> Mike href=/profile//> James href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Houston href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> stuck href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Skip-to-My-Lou href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> trick href=/profile//> pony href=/profile//> displayed href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> wrong href=/profile//> circus. href=/profile//> All href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> great. href=/profile//> Look href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Houston href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> bounce href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> McGrady, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> night href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> game!


Team href=/profile//> Needs:

Short href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> players. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> eight href=/profile//> possibly href=/profile//> nine href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> contract, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Rockets href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> moves href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>

1-A href=/profile//> Point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> T-Mac href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> These href=/profile//> Van href=/profile//> Gundy href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> Rockets href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> reliably href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> paired href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> McGrady.
2-These href=/profile//> Rockets href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> Swift href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Howard href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> worth href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> combine href=/profile//> salary href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> $11.792 href=/profile//> million href=/profile//> dollars! href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> Bob href=/profile//> Sura href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> done href=/profile//> deal. href=/profile//>
3- Van href=/profile//> Gundy href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> ends href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> rebound href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> ends href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//>
4- The href=/profile//> Rockets href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> basis href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> Yao href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> McGrady href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> nights.
5- They href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> picks, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> trade href=/profile//> value.


GM’s href=/profile//> Draft href=/profile//> Strategy href=/profile//>

Carroll href=/profile//> Dawson href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> anomaly. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> fit, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> niche href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> themselves href=/profile//> headed href=/profile//> elsewhere. href=/profile//> Van href=/profile//> Gundy href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> process href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Dawson href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> typically href=/profile//> tried href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> Van href=/profile//> Gundy href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> equipping href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> pieces href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Van href=/profile//> Gundy href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Look href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Rockets href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> picks, href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> round, href=/profile//> they’ll href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> MLE href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> veteran href=/profile//> exception. href=/profile//> They’ll href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> T-Mac href=/profile//> insurance href=/profile//> policy href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> potential. href=/profile//>

Personal href=/profile//> Analysis

-I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> go, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> front href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> fully href=/profile//> capable href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> shouldering href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> load href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> relying href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> score, href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> distribute href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> mind, href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> add href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> fast href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> versatile. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Roy href=/profile//> makes href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> sense href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> #8 href=/profile//> pick, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> there. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> lights href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> capable href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> setting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> table. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> lightning href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> tennis href=/profile//> shoes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> ends href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor, href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Dwayne href=/profile//> Wade href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> ready href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> NOW. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> insurance href=/profile//> policy href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> T-Mac href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> hurt href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> night href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> positions! href=/profile//>

-The href=/profile//> Rocket’s href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> selection href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Daniel href=/profile//> Gibson href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Texas. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> beginning href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> moved href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2, href=/profile//> didn’t href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> out, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> upside. href=/profile//> Gibson href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> size href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> lacks href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tad href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> off-guard. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> pass href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> local href=/profile//> UT href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> sell href=/profile//> tickets href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> people href=/profile//> interested href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season’s href=/profile//> off-kilter href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> come. href=/profile//>

Other href=/profile//> considerations: href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Free href=/profile//> Agent href=/profile//> market, href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Houston href=/profile//> Rockets href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> little. href=/profile//> They’ll href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> split href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> MLE href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> exception href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Van href=/profile//> Gundy href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> eye href=/profile//> on, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> anything. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> roles. href=/profile//> Chuck href=/profile//> Hayes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> Barry href=/profile//> provided href=/profile//> sparks href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Keith href=/profile//> Bogans href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Van href=/profile//> Gundy href=/profile//> guy, href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> hitting href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Van href=/profile//> Gundy href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Chuck href=/profile//> Hayes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Bogans href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> split href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> MLE href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> Rockets href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Hayes href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Bogans href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 2, href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> develop href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> players, href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> stage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> respective href=/profile//> careers, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> cheap href=/profile//> deals!

Assuming href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> planets href=/profile//> align href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> hope href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them, href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> line href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> card href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> this:

PG: href=/profile//> Alston/Gibson/Roy
SG: href=/profile//> Roy/Head/Bogans
SF: href=/profile//> T-Mac/Bowen/Roy
PF: href=/profile//> Howard/Swift/Hayes
C href=/profile//> : href=/profile//> Yao/Dike

That href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> championship, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> competitive href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> capable href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> stays href=/profile//> healthy!
 
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