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Houston

Rockets

Southwest

2011-12 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
102.8102.1
12th Overall15th Overall
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2011-12 Season Stats

W

34

L

32

PCT

.515

GB

16

CONF

23-25

DIV

6-8

HOME

22-11

ROAD

12-21

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Omer Asik was the big acquisition, literally and figuratively, a defensive-minded 7-footer whom Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau loved for his help and screens. He'll start here.

C+

BckCourt
Like Asik, Jeremy Lin was acquired thanks to a backloaded contract for the restricted free agent point guard. It is his job in Houston, now that Goran Dragic and Kyle Lowery are gone. Courtney Lee is in Boston now too.

C+

Defense
Asik should help at the rim, and he'll have to, considering the penetration that opposing guards will get if Lin and Kevin Martin are responsible out top.

C-

Bench
Draft picks Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones bring youth and inexperience, while vets such as Toney Douglas, Gary Forbes, Josh Harrellson, Shaun Livington and Sean Williams bring limitations.

C-

Coaching
Even if Kevin McHale has a knack for teaching, it doesn't mean he'll enjoy it if it comes with losses. McHale didn't sign on for long haul, anyway, so a holding pattern will be a challenge.

B-

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C-

Summary

So much roster turnover, so little worthwhile to show for it. Rockets GM Daryl Morey was determined to be a player in the Dwight Howard derby and did what he could to round up as many young assets and appealing contracts to swap with the Magic. Oh well.

Now he and the Rockets are stuck in something of a placeholder season, hoping to wheel and deal to something more tangible and formidable next summer. In the meantime, he'll hope to recreate "Linsanity" in Texas and work around Asik's stone hands offensively. It's not a plan as much as it is a plight.

-- Steve Aschburner

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing

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