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Rockets Should Follow Proven Model to Reach Perennial Contention

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by RealContender, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. RealContender

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    Take a look at a few contenders in recent history : Oklahoma City and Boston

    Oklahoma City was a terrible team when they moved from Seattle, even worse than the Rockets. They found themselves with a couple of high lottery picks, which they turned into Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The rest is history. Best team in the West right now.

    The Boston Celtics were also a lowly team, worse than the Rockets, when they found themselves in the lottery and drafted Rajon Rondo. The rest is history. The last few seasons have been very kind to Boston.

    My bottom line is simply that, if the Rockets want to position themselves as perennial contenders in the Western Conference, they need to take a lesson from these two teams and do what they need to in order to get into the Lottery. Being able to draft a difference-maker would do wonders for Houston, who sorely needs a big-time guy.

    On a more direct note, trading the 1st Round pick we get from the Knicks this season before March 15th's Trade Deadline makes ZERO sense.

    If the Rockets are planning on using the pick as part of a bigger package for Pau Gasol, they are sadly SADLY misguided.

    The way the Knicks are playing right now, Morey needs to ask himself if trading what could potentially be a Top 6-10 pick for a veteran player is worth it.

    Spoiler Alert: NO. It isn't.
     
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    Les won't tank, and Rondo wasn't a lottery pick. 1 star thread.
     
  3. LongTimeFan

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    Do some homework -- Rajon Rondo was drafted 21st overall.
     
  4. moonsh0t

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    Yea and bringing in KG and Ray Allen while keeping Paul Pierce had nothing to do with the Celtics success.
     
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  5. Remix

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    This thread was destined for failure as soon as you said Boston drafted Rondo in the lottery.
     
  6. UTAllTheWay

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    KG and Ray Allen were handed to the Celtics.

    Kevin Durant was handed to the Thunder.

    If the Blazers draft Durant instead of Greg Oden, the Thunder aren't even close to being as good as they are now.
     
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    Boston had the advantage that it was Boston, where people want to play.
    OKC is a great example though.
     
  8. RealContender

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    My mistake on the Rondo draft position, but stop knit-picking. You see the point I'm trying to make.

    And signing KG and Ray Allen almost certainly became a thought AFTER Rajon Rondo blossomed into the player he is today.

    For Houston to mortgage the future to get Gasol right now makes ZERO sense. You only make a trade like that when you're a Top 3 or 4 team in your Conference and you're that ONE player away from legitimately making a run at the whole thing. Making the trade when you're a fringe playoff team stinks of a team spinning its wheels while stuck in some delusion of being on the cusp of greatness.

    Answer this question: Say the Rockets do trade for Gasol, become a 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and lose in the 1st, or even 2nd Round. Then what? We're STILL a team stuck in the middle of the 1st Round that's stuck in some sort of delusion about being on the cusp of greatness. We're also left with aging players on our roster (Remember, we gave a few young guys in the trade).
     
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  10. RealContender

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    Yes, I agree. The point is that you have to position yourself for sustained success.

    Making trades at each season's Trade Deadline, selling young promising players for veterans, etc. just is not an equation for success.
     
  11. macho87

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    I guess you aren't a RealContender for a good thread...
     
  12. MorningZippo

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    You only have 2 examples in your argument, questioning one of them is not knit-picking.

    Rondo was one of the weakest links in that celtics line-up when Boston signed KG and Ray Allen. Obviously he isn't now, but at the time he was. Boston was nowhere close to great when they traded for a declining big man in KG, and an aging shooting guard in Ray Allen. Sound's exactly like what we're trying to do right?
     
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    Durant was drafted by Seattle. One star.
     
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    Non-cleverly disguised tanking thread.
     
  15. k-money

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    rondo was drafted by pheonix..
     
  16. seyton

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    Can we all pretend none of this ever happened?
     
  17. Johndoe804

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    This is why guys with 6 total posts shouldn't be able to start threads.
     
  18. Air Langhi

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    This is not true at all. They really didn't know how good he was until he busted triple doubles left and right in the playoffs a few years backs.
     
  19. rolyat93

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    I stopped reading when you insinuated that the Celtics built themselves into a contender through the draft. Seriously?
     
  20. HoustonN06

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    KG wasn't signed as a FA. It was a trade centered around Al Jefferson going to Minnesota.
     
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