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Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by jsmee2000, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. jsmee2000

    jsmee2000 Contributing Member

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    Houston Rockets rookies…

    Ready to blast off?

    By Earl K. Sneed

    Last season, the Houston Rockets struck “Black Gold” when they selected Argentina’s Luis Scola with the 56th pick in the second round. (jsmee2000: Is this guy on Crack?) The 6-9 forward raised a lot of eyebrows across the L, finishing third in the Rookie of the Year voting to Kevin Durant and Al Horford, with a rookie campaign that saw him average 10 points and six rebounds, before elevating those totals to 14 and nine in the Rockets’ first round exit to Utah. Now, after a plethora of Draft Day trades, GM Daryl Morey and Head Coach Rick Adelman are hoping that they have found a rookie that can duplicate Scola’s output.

    While Donte Greene, Joey Dorsey and Maarty Leunen likely will not assist Tracy McGrady in leading the Rockets to 22-straight wins, as Scola did, they maybe the final pieces to the puzzle for the Rockets and T-Mac to get out of the first round of the playoffs, a jigsaw that T-Mac is still trying to put together. If any of these three live up to their potential, and Yao Ming returns healthy next season from the stress fracture in his left foot that he suffered in February, then T-Mac may have the best supporting cast since the start of his tenure in Houston. So let’s look at what Greene, Dorsey and Leunen bring to Clutch City:

    Donte Greene is a 6-11 small forward in the mold of T-Mac, so he will have the opportunity to learn from the man himself. In his lone season at Syracuse, Greene lead the ‘Cuse’ in scoring (17.7ppg) and was second in rebounds (7.2 rpg), earning him Second Team All-Big East honors and a spot on the conference’s All-Rookie Team. The athletic and long Greene lived up to the hype with Syracuse that followed him coming out of his Maryland high school, but his shoot selection is suspect. Greene shoot just over 41 percent from the field, with questionable three point shooting (a .345 shooting percentage) often showcasing his youth and bad decision-making. At age 20, Greene is still a raw talent, but if T-Mac can take him under his wings, Greene’s upside is unimaginable. While it is not expected that Greene will get a lot of PT early on, his game could prove to develop to All-Star quality over time, along the same lines of Rashard Lewis.

    Daryl Morey says Joey Dorsey is the best defensive player in this year’s class of draftees. Dorsey may prove to be the second coming of Ben Wallace, in a 6-7 body. What Dorsey lacks in height, has makes up for with athleticism and hustle plays. Dorsey is strong and wide enough to bang with power forwards in the paint, and his ability to block shots, rebound and get up the court makes him the ideal fit to put next to Yao Ming. At Memphis last season, Dorsey was on the receiving end of countless lobs from Derrick Rose. Now, Dorsey’s ability to run the court in the transition game will fit well with Skip-to-My-Lou and T-Mac, and will likely lead to a lot of finishes above the rim. Dorsey is a tremendous rebounder, and his game figures to fall in perfectly next to Scola as the hustle players on the first and second units. Dorsey seems to be a “can’t miss” player at the next level, and will likely have a long career as an interior defensive specialist. He is not near the project that Greene is, nor does he have the upside of Greene, but he will be ready to play from Day 1.

    Lastly, don’t expect to see Maarty Leunen at all this season. Morey has plans to play Leunen overseas, while holding on to his rights, should they decide to ship him elsewhere or if his game expands out to be NBA ready in a year or so. In his senior season at Oregon, Leunen averaged 15 points and 9 boards a game in the PAC-10, showing that he could help a team as a role player as some point. Leunen is scouted as a jump-shooting four at the next level, that should space the floor if he is ever paired with Yao Ming, but with Steve Novak already playing that role in Houston, there is no reason to waste Leunen’s development. While it is unclear if Leunen will ever suit up in a Rocket’s uniform, his value as trade bait depends on what potential he shows overseas.

    While the player that the Rockets’ staff coveted was Greene, Dorsey’s impact should be felt right away as a team enforcer, on a team that lacks a fierce imposing figure. Dorsey may develop the offensive game that no one sees coming to accompany his defensive parlous, and if so then expect a big rookie season from the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. If Greene reaches his potential then T-Mac may have his No.2 guy in a few years, and he could ultimately be the player that takes the torch from McGrady down the line. So, in the land where Texas billionaires make their fortune in the oil mines, the Rockets may have stroke “black gold” twice this summer.

    Earl Sneed is a SLAMonline Contributor. You can contact him at earlksneed@aol.com.

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    No mention of Carl Landry or Aaron Brooks!! Scola picked in the 2nd round by the rockets? We need to trash this guy in the comments section!

    In the comments section he states:

    Earl "E.Sneed" Sneed says: AP, It could be wishful thinking…but I think Greene and Dorsey are diamonds in the rough!
    I really hope this is true; however, Earl "E.Snoozed" Sneed has lost all credibility!
     
  2. pippendagimp

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    this guy writes like a kid in 3rd grade
     
  3. jsmee2000

    jsmee2000 Contributing Member

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    I wrote a comment...

    jsmee2000 says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. Get your facts straight! Luis Scola was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2002 with the 55th pick. ​

    ...yet other people have written comments after mine and have been posted!
     
  4. rox4lyf

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    donte greene 6'11"? we can have a 3 pt shooting center to back up yao.
     
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    this is furthering my peace at declining to renew my recently
    expired SLAM subscription..
     
  6. verse

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    you'd think they'd know the difference between "shoot" and "shot". at least I'd hope they would. apparently, they don't (nor do they check facts), yet try to pass themselves off as credible???

    what a maroon!

    :rolleyes:
     
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    I thought Greene was 6'9".
     
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    he was listed at 6'11'' at Cuse. He's closer to 6'10''.
     
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    I feel like shooting myself every time I read one of these articles.
     
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    damn.. hope he's right about them.. he makes them sound like allstars heh

    I like Dime better anyways
     
  11. Hayesfan

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    jsmee... lol I just posted the same thing... only a little less strongly before I came to clutchfans. (order of operations, check the sports feeds then go to Clutchfans)

    Mine is awaiting moderation as well.

    If I'm not mistaken the person that is supposed to be editing Slam online is new to his job (like this was his first week). Maybe he will soon learn to check his writers facts.
     
  12. BrooksBall

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    Greene is 6'8.25" w/out shoes.

    For some perspective, Rudy Gay came in at 6'7" and his NBA height is 6'8" (w/ shoes).

    Steve Novak was measured at 6'8" w/out shoes before his rookie season and is now listed at 6'10".

    Greene is also taller than both Michael Beasley and Kevin Love.

    So Green is at least 6'9" by NBA standards. He also looks like his body is still developing. He may end up to be an NBA 6'10"+ by the time he is done growing. Some young players do grow an inch or so early on.

    All these measurements were taken from the same source (Draft Express pre-draft measurements): http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-pre...age=&year=2008&sort2=DESC&draft=0&pos=0&sort=
     
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    Slam magazine?

    You might as well get your NBA info from hoopsworld.
     
  14. Hayesfan

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    Mine and jsmee's posts still haven't made it.

    Maybe I should take them off my feed. I don't like when people ignore me. ;)
     
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    your thread is as long as dirk's hair ,man.but i still have to ask you a queation,why dorsey's number is 15,in uni team his number was 00 ,just like clutch's.oh i get it ,clutch has the number already,clutch is no.1 in rockets altough his number is 00.
     
  16. Agentzero

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    Dirk's hair is 4'6 now, he sweared that he would not cut hair if the mavs couldn't break the 1st round,so his hair is actually longer than the thread. but i guess the long hair will help dirk win the silver medal in the olympics :cool:
     
  17. saleem

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    Maybe,but he is no Samson. :)
     
  18. AstroRocket

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    Man, I actually graduated from OU with the guy that wrote this. I was in journalism/professional writing. I think he was broadcast/sports writing. He never struck me as an avid NBA fan when we talked sports, at least not on my (read: most Clutchfans posters) level. I can't believe he's actually writing for SLAM. That's kinda sad. Dude's writing style is still a bit amateurish too... ah well.
     
  19. knickstorm

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    wtf is "black gold"?
     
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    Wow, small world. What do you do nowadays?
     

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