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Who is more likely to be Harden's primary backup next season?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by RedNation97, Aug 2, 2015.

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Who is more likely to be Harden's primary backup next season?

Poll closed Aug 9, 2015.
  1. Marcus Thornton

    109 vote(s)
    70.3%
  2. K.J. McDaniels

    31 vote(s)
    20.0%
  3. Other (please specify)

    15 vote(s)
    9.7%
  1. RedNation97

    RedNation97 Member

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    As the Playoffs took its toll, it became painfully obvious that our greatest need was help for James Harden. The signings of Marcus Thornton and K.J. McDaniels were Morey's attempt of attending to this need, but as of yet it doesn't seem clear who the first option will be.

    Thornton (28 y/o SG): 19.0p, 1.8a, 4.3r per 36 min, 40.6%FG PER 15.0
    McDaniels (22 y/o SG): 13.0p, 1.9a, 5.3r per 36 min, 39.6%FG PER 10.6

    Although the explosive McDaniels has the physical edge, Thornton has the experience and seasoning necessary to significantly impact a game as a role player. However, KJ's ability to raise the tempo off the bench, as seen in Philadelphia, could prove invaluable during Harden's downtime.

    Who will McHale turn to to maintain form while James is resting?


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  2. red5rocket

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    Marcus Thornton....KJ will be eased in
     
  3. Moahst

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    Corey Brewer. Just like last season.
     
  4. pippendagimp

    pippendagimp Member

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    let's hope mchale exploits more matchups with his bench players this season instead of just blindly sticking to his rigid substitution pattern game after game regardless of the opponent or game situation.
     
  5. OpenLayup-Why3?

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    McDaniels is 3rd SF, Thornton will be 3rd SG. Damn we're deep.
     
  6. Haymitch

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    At this time last year people were high on Troy Daniels as our backup SG and thought there was no way he wouldn't get at least 10ppg.

    With that said, I guess Thorton.
     
  7. Rockets025

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    I want kj to play

    **** we are deep
     
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    Plus 1 . I don't think McHale would bother much with over thinking obvious things to him at least
     
  9. Nimo

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    And who is the mystery #2 SG?
     
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  11. RedNation97

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    If McDaniels is played at Small Forward, we would have four SFs in Ariza, Brewer, Dekker and himself.
    That would leave us with only two SGs in Harden and Thornton.
    I'm pretty confident that Morey/McHale intend to play him mostly at SG.
     
  12. ThatBoyNick

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    Brewer.

    I can see Brewer being the primary backup for both the SG and SF spot for the majority of the season if Harden and Ariza are healthy.
     
  13. baller4life315

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    The way I see it, in a perfect world KJ is Ariza's understudy and Brewer is our backup two.

    Ariza's workload last year was absurd - second only to that of Harden. It's unrealistic to expect Ariza to do the whole '82-games playing 40 MPG' thing again. This is where KJ will be useful performing essentially the same duties. Provided, of course, he develops a reliable jumper since it's very difficult to play in our 3&D system if you can't actually "3".

    I think Brewer takes over both 2/3 backup duties if KJ proves ineffective or can't put the ball in the basket, otherwise Brewer takes less minutes to mainly backup Harden and KJ helps give us 48 minutes of hell on the perimeter for our opponents.
     
  14. malakas

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    Brewer I think. Kj should get more minutes this year and be part of the rotation though.
     
  15. FTW Rockets FTW

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    The wing positions will be backed up by some combo of Bev and Brewer assuming Ty starts

    Bev will back up 1 and 2 while Brew 2 and 3

    Rest may get garbage time
     
  16. PeppermintCandy

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    Obviously, the biggest help for Harden will come from the addition of Ty Lawson. It seems to make sense to have Lawson come off the bench, where he can be the primary playmaker.

    If so, I can see that second unit play out in two ways:

    PG Lawson
    SG Brewer
    SF KJ

    which gives the team length and better defense. Or:

    PG Lawson
    SG Thornton
    SF Brewer

    when McHale wants to put more shooting and can get away with less defense and size.

    For some reason, I'm under the impression that KJ is better suited as a small forward.
    And if Terry does re-sign, then the rotation would probably change as well.
     
  17. macho87

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    Hopefully we're like last years warriors and sit our starters a lot during 4th quarters
     
  18. SC1211

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    Brewer and Beverley. Maaaaybe Thornton but I expect the playing rotation to be: Harden, Lawson, Howard, Ariza, Motiejunas, Beverley, Brewer, Jones, Capela. Spot minutes for Thornton, Terry and Hayes.
     
  19. Pen15clubber

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    Some people look to hard into labeling guys as certain positions
     
  20. TracywtFacy

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    Small ball in certain situations - Bev and Lawson?
     

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