1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

[Chron] Rockets countdown a look at the point guards

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by devin23, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. devin23

    devin23 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,831
    Likes Received:
    21
    Didn't see this posted so here goes.

    There's also a poll on who should be the starting point guard...

    http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2013/09/rockets-countdown-a-look-at-the-point-guards/

    By Jenny Dial Creech and Jonathan Feigen

    The Rockets open camp on Sept. 28, and while the big off-season move came at center (you remember, Dwight Howard) the team that opens the season on Oct. 30 vs. Charlotte may have a very different roster from last year. This week, the Chronicle will break down the Rockets at each position:

    Point Guards

    The Roster:

    Jeremy Lin, 6-3, 200

    Experience: Lin is entering his fourth year in the league, but last year with the Rockets was his first full season with an NBA team. In his first two years, he played less than half of each season (first with Golden State, then New York). He started in every regular season game for the Rockets last year and played in four playoff games before suffering a chest injury.

    Patrick Beverley, 6-1, 185

    Experience: Beverley enters his second year in the NBA this season and is coming off a solid playoff performance for the Rockets. After averaging 17.4 minutes, 5.6 points and 2.9 assists in the regular season, he played 33.3 minutes, scored 11.8 and had 2.8 assists per game in the Rockets’ playoff series against Oklahoma City.

    Aaron Brooks, 6-0, 161 lbs

    Experience: Entering his sixth year in the league, Brooks has spent three full seasons with the Rockets and two partial. In 2010-11, he spent about half the year in Phoenix and last season he played for Sacramento for 66 games.

    Isaiah Canaan, 6-0, 188 lbs

    Experience: The rookie was selected 34th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft in June.

    Last year:

    The big news at point guard for the Rockets last season was, of course, the acquisition of Lin, who had the city buzzing with big expectations for the young guard. Lin averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 assists in the regular season and was hurt in the playoffs when he suffered a bruised chest muscle, sidelining him for the final three games of the series with Oklahoma City

    Beverley’s claim to fame last year came late in the season when he collided with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in the playoffs. Westbrook ended up with a torn meniscus and the entire state of Oklahoma pointed fingers solely at Beverley. Beverley responded well to his position as most hated player on the court in that series, averaging 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

    Brooks is three years removed from his best season, which was spent in Houston. In 2009-10, he averaged 19.6 points per game and 5.3 assists. He was traded the following year to Phoenix and then went to Sacramento after that, where he spend most of last season, averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 assists off the bench. He came back to Houston in March and officially signed a one-year deal with the Rockets in July.

    Canaan had an impressive career at Murray State, where he finished the 2012-13 season with 21.8 points and 4.3 assists per game for the 21-10 Racers.

    Looking ahead:

    Lin isn’t going anywhere. He is one of the faces of the team right now and the expectations of what he can do are still very high. There is already loads of buzz about what he and another new Rocket, center Dwight Howard, can do with the pick-and-roll. Brooks was brought in to provide some depth. He has shown what he is capable of in a Rockets uniform, but that was three years ago and he has not performed at that level since. Beverley had a strong finish in the 2012-13 season. The big question now is how will Canaan fit into this group? He is small, but a skilled scorer and passer. All eyes were on him for the start of summer league, but he did not play due to a sprained ankle. So question marks still surround him and he will have a lot to prove in the next few weeks.

    Feigen’s take

    The aftermath of Linsanity was that Lin seemed to always be overrated or underrated. After his abbreviated postseason cameo, his reputation has swung back to the underrated side. Even with the rise of Patrick Beverley, Lin’s play will remain crucial to the Rockets offense. Dwight Howard has always operated well with swift, attacking pick-and-roll point guards and that does describe Jeremy Lin. But with James Harden handling the ball so often, Lin will have to show that he can keep up the strong 3-point shooting in the final three months of the season (roughly 40 percent) rather than his misfiring start to season. Lin should benefit from the healthy offseason and training camp he did not have last season. Shooting well could also earn him time in a backcourt with Patrick Beverley as the Rockets seek to dramatically increase Beverley’s playing time. Either way, Beverley is likely to finish games more often with the Rockets loving the full-court defense he brings. Aaron Brooks will have to compete for a roster spot with rookie Isaiah Canaan slotted to spend his season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
     
    1 person likes this.
  2. Andre0087

    Andre0087 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Messages:
    831
    Likes Received:
    324
    Sounds about right, Lin is a decent starter, Beverly will get a lot of backup minutes some with Lin, and Brooks or Canaan will be third string unless they prove otherwise in practice.
     
  3. gengar

    gengar Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2012
    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    25
    Lin went from the most overrated player in the league to the most underrated player in 1 season.

    He's not top 10 PG material yet, but I'm sure he will be. I'm expecting 16pt/7asst numbers from him as long as he's asked not to touch the ball.
     
  4. Angkor Wat

    Angkor Wat Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2007
    Messages:
    13,087
    Likes Received:
    894
    Damn, completely forgot we still have brooks. Should be one hell of a competition at training camp.
     
  5. Carl Herrera

    Carl Herrera Contributing Member
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2007
    Messages:
    40,231
    Likes Received:
    9,835
    Most important part:

    The team is likely to go "small ball" pretty often because its regular PFs suck.
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. larsv8

    larsv8 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2007
    Messages:
    17,143
    Likes Received:
    3,665
    Ugh, its like he is trying to rile up Lin's fans.
     
  7. SK34

    SK34 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2012
    Messages:
    4,042
    Likes Received:
    190


    16 pts and 7 assists w/o touching the ball? How?
     
  8. devin23

    devin23 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,831
    Likes Received:
    21
    Since Lin is healthy and has 1 full season under his belt, here's hoping for a productive season...
     
  9. kumakun

    kumakun Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2012
    Messages:
    325
    Likes Received:
    16
    too bad there is no discussion of the pf position because thats the spot im most worried about since its the weakest.
     
  10. hikanoo49

    hikanoo49 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2002
    Messages:
    2,287
    Likes Received:
    18
    i think beverly can be our enforcer

    harden is uber soft

    howard is a jokester and parsons is a pretty boy that doesnt want to mix things up

    so beverly is our only real tough guy. i think we put him in to take out guys like Westbrook and other opponents
     
  11. steady

    steady Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2012
    Messages:
    1,329
    Likes Received:
    38
    So much changes with the addition of Dwight Howard, it is hard to make predictions. How good can the Lin/Howard PnR be? How will Beverley's game mesh with Howard's? How will Harden's game change to accommodate the presence of another superstar, and will that effect the PG?
     
  12. Spacemoth

    Spacemoth Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2007
    Messages:
    8,954
    Likes Received:
    2,232
    Lin should see at least 1 more assist per game on account of the balls that Asik would have muffed that Dwight Howard can now slam home.
     
  13. Knickskiller

    Knickskiller Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2012
    Messages:
    1,953
    Likes Received:
    52
    how is dwight on offensive rebounds?
     
  14. tycoonchip

    tycoonchip Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 1999
    Messages:
    4,203
    Likes Received:
    1,591
    I think both positions need to be adressed. Beverly is our only reliable option at pg unless Brooks finds himself the fountain of youth or Canaan matures really quickly. Keeping my fingers crossed that a trade is brewing.
     
  15. Knickskiller

    Knickskiller Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2012
    Messages:
    1,953
    Likes Received:
    52
    Beverly is only effective he is on the court with someone that can create.
     
  16. RocketsJumer

    RocketsJumer Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Messages:
    13,545
    Likes Received:
    1,438
    It's hard to believe Brooks has been in the league only 6 seasons. I remember when he was drafted and that seemed like forever ago. We had Mike James, Rafer Alston, and Steve Francis and we still drafted a point lol
    After reading this, I have a feeling Beverley will be traded, probably along with other players to get a big name. I love Bev and his take on the game though. But I just feel it hahaha
     
  17. Chamillionaire

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,043
    Likes Received:
    990
    There's absolutely nothing in this article that we (most of us) don't already know. The Chronic need to step their game up a bit. We have posters here that could write better than most of the "pros" there.
     
  18. Chamillionaire

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,043
    Likes Received:
    990
    I know Jeremy and Patrick will get most of the minutes there at 1, but I'm sure Aaron could do just as well (at least on the offensive side) as Jeremy and Patrick. Canaan will probably play in RGV. Definitely looking forward to him lighting it up from the perimeter. We REALLY need a PG that can shoot, especially with D12 and Asik in the middle.
     
  19. RMGEEGEE

    RMGEEGEE Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2009
    Messages:
    2,780
    Likes Received:
    135
    You sir are very wrong. How many games did Harden miss? How much contact has he taken game to game? How many times has he put the team on his back doe?

    While he doesn't exert the most effort on defense... he is certainly not soft.
     
  20. The_Yoyo

    The_Yoyo Contributing Member
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2001
    Messages:
    16,424
    Likes Received:
    2,030
    Brooks isn't that old
     
Loading...

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now