How is the rebuilding of Houston really going?

With a nice taste of NBA action just a few weeks away, we’re taking readers’ questions—About everything about missiles– In the lead up to what could be a really big season for Houston. Here, the first-ever Chron Sports Mailbag.

I’m 37 and started watching The Rockets in 1995, so let’s limit the discussion to this date range. Write about what you know, right? Other reconstructions over the past 30 years have been during Yao Ming/Steve Francis era From about 2000 to 2004 – before Trade for Tracy McGrady— and the years leading up to the 2012 takeover deal for James Harden. Other than that, despite being unable to escape the opening round of the playoffs from 1998 to 2014, the Rockets were in contention, Led by Hakim Aliwan, McGrady, or Harden.

The rebuilding that preceded Harden was marked notably by the fact that the Rockets did a good enough job during those years that there was no high draft set that could be used to sweeten the deal. General Manager Daryl Morey had to scrape and work his way up to amass the assets that allowed him to trade for Harden. What distinguishes this continuous rebuilding process from previous teams is that the rockets are successive Top 3 picks in Galen Green And the Jabbari Smith Jr. The result of a complete meltdown that saw the team finish with the worst record in the league in successive seasons.

But while we now forget, the Rockets did indeed amass an impressive group of talent at the time which led then-owner Les Alexander to declare his team was “one of the great teams that ever assembled”. Francis, Yao Ming, Eddie Griffin, Cotino Mobley, Kenny Anderson, James Posey. not bad.

How can coach Stephen Silas structure the attack around Galen with the addition of Jabari? -ihavepops

I don’t know what the offense will look like in the end but what I do know is that the beauty of Jabari Smith Jr. is that they must be translated into any system. This was one of the great professionals on Smith’s side when Comparing him to Paolo Banchero, who eventually went to first place to the Orlando Magic. While Banchero, a talented playmaker, needs the ball in his hands and the attack designed around him as the main focal point, you can just put Smith anywhere because his attacking power lies in shooting. It is essentially elastic and connective tissue. It also allows head coach Stephen Silas to play non-shooters like Alperen Sengun and Jae’Sean Tate without completely jeopardizing team spacing because, as a big guy, he can shoot and spread the floor. Silas will love the options available to him because of Al Jabri’s off-ball abilities.

What piece should rockets add next? -LawDekker

Rockets will likely have three main pieces to add in the near future: a draft pick for 2023, a major free agent with a 2023 cap space, and a goal in the trade using War chest of draft shots Thanks to the Harden deal to the Brooklyn Nets last year. We don’t know where the Rockets will craft or what star will become available in the trade, but what we do know is that the Rockets will have nearly $70 million in cover space next summer and that Harden can get into free dealership with no restrictions. I thought I would never forgive him for the way he came out, but the way this list started to take shape, The hardness is sure to look good Managing the offense at the point of attack.

Is it worth delving into the task of better recruiting Victor Wimpanyama considering the risk of a major injury like Chet’s? -nerman_optis

Putting aside the question of Wimpy’s injury concerns, let’s first talk about the “tanks” issue. There is no reason to question the “merit” in terms of the path the Rockets chose this year. They are not actively trying to lose games. Almost every major rotation player – with the exception of Eric Gordon – is part of the team’s long-term outlook. So if they win, that’s great! They won with young players who will be part of the plan for the future. If they lose, it will be organic and because of their youth and inexperience. They will lose a lot of matches just because they are young and not so good. As a result, they will be rewarded with a high draft pick.

Wimpanyama’s injury history – which includes problems with his fingers, legs, shoulder and back despite being only 18 – scares me but this upcoming draft is strong at the top. G League point guard Scott Henderson, who should finish second, also looks exciting.

Since it’s almost impossible to win a title without a top 10 player, if Green were to reach his potential, would he be able to reach that level? I think its slight build might prevent that. – @a9antex

I really don’t see why not. Many scouts believed Green had anticipated him as a player who could one day lead the league in scoring. Honestly, there was nothing we saw last season that would cast doubt on that drop, especially when considering his closeness to the season when he averaged 28.1 points per game over his last nine games, shooting 48.6 percent of Pitch and 42.7 per cent behind the three-point line. We learned incredible sportsmanship and potency from deep within, but what really seemed to open things up for Green last season was once he discovered the art of the mid-range jump. The defenders seemed helpless, no longer able to fully back off and play him at his command.

Green is small. He’s listed at 6’6″ but looks shorter. He is wit. But he will gain weight with normal maturity and age. His ammo isn’t really based on size (it’s more curry than kobe). What it gives him more than anything else – and why I was so far ahead in his participation in the draft – is an uncompromising work ethic and the pursuit of excellence.