Why Houston Rockets Need to Gut Roster to Land a Superstar

June 26th, 2012 by Denim Millward Leave a reply »
Daryl Morey, you're on the right track. 

Less than a week after the last game of the 2011-2012 NBA season, the Houston Rockets dealt Chase Budinger to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 18th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  This move is reported to be in an effort to put together an attractive trade package for Dwight Howard; a necessary move if Houston wants to challenge for a title. 

Rockets GM Daryl Morey has had reasonable success acquiring players for good value and extracting the maximum  production out of each one.  The Rockets were contenders for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference until a slew of late-season injuries caused them to fall just short. 

A balanced and deep roster of good but not great players is not necessarily doomed to mediocrity, but a championship-caliber team almost always has at least one world-class player at the helm. 

If Houston continues with their previous roster-building philosophy of getting great values and not spending a fortune on a single player, then its ceiling will always be the fourth or fifth seed in the playoffs unless they hit the jackpot on the next ...

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