2009-10 Record: 42-40
Third place, Southwest Division
Did not make the playoffs
C: David Andersen
G/F: Trevor Ariza
F: Shane Battier
G: Aaron Brooks
F: Chase Budinger
G: Mike Harris
F: Jordan Hill
F: Alexander Johnson
G: Kevin Martin
F: Jermaine Taylor
F: Chuck Hayes (Unrestricted - T)
F: Jared Jeffries (Unrestricted - ETO)
C: Yao Ming (Unrestricted - ETO)
G: Kyle Lowry (Restricted)
F/C: Luis Scola (Restricted)
Areas of strength:
They have bought in completely to coach Rick Adelman's desire to keep moving and share the ball on offense. Aaron Brooks, the 2010 Most Improved Player, is blossoming from an up-and-comer into a potential All-Star who can run the offense for others and fill up the hoop. A full season of playing with slasher and scorer Kevin Martin should give the Rockets one of the league's most potent backcourts.
Yao Ming returns from an entire season lost to reconstructive foot surgery, so the Rockets will have to re-establish their low-post game. They are in desperate need of a shot-blocking presence to cut off penetration and defend the rim.
Two Stats That Matter:
23-18 -- No playoff team in either conference had a home-court record this poor.
3.87 -- Ranked 26th in the league in blocked shots.
The Way to Go:
With the backcourt now set for the foreseeable future with Brooks and Martin capable of filling up the basket, it is way past time to get Yao some help in scoring on the front line. They'll go into the summer ready to deal and looking to add a power forward who can add some punch and the name at the top of their list for quite some time has been Chris Bosh.