Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey pulled off the biggest acquisition of the NBA off-season by luring superstar center Dwight Howard to Houston. Chandler Parsons also played a large part in making that happen, but ultimately, Morey will receive the credit.
With a starting line-up that will consist of Howard, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, and Jeremy Lin, the team will almost certainly get plenty of looks in the open court. In addition, Howard’s freakish size and athleticism alone will get him easy dunks. However, what the Rockets will do when forced to slow down in half-court sets remains to be seen. With Howard’s diva-like personality, Lin and Harden will need to get him low-post touches to simply keep him happy. Howard and Harden will also likely be pick-and-roll partners for much of the team’s possessions. Parsons is a jack-of-all-trades so he will have an impact in countless areas including on the boards, defensively, and his high basketball IQ is always a positive. How Lin fits in and whether or not he will be able to handle facilitating such a high-powered offense is still an unknown factor.
Everyone knows that playoff basketball is usually much slower, and of the physical brand. Whether or not Kevin McHale can get his team to be efficient in half-court sets will go a long way in determining where they end up in the title picture.