Carmelo Anthony is getting paid to not play from the Atlanta Hawks, and to celebrate, he is going to the Houston Rockets. What a shocker. Anthony played one abysmal season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, recording career worst in points, field goal percentage and minutes per game. He almost reached a career high in three pointers attempted, which takes us to the Rockets.
The Rockets are trying to duplicate the Golden State Warriors’ model of success and came pretty damn close to doing so last year. The Rockets lost in the Western Conference finals to the Warriors in seven games. This could have changed if Chris Paul hadn’t re-injured his hamstring during the series. The Warriors went on to win the championship and now the Rockets are still trying to keep up with them.
The Rockets are trying to replace Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute with Anthony. Now Anthony is a better shot creator and all around offensive player then those two, but defense is what I think really beat the Warriors last year. Losing Paul’s defense hurt the Rockets last year, but losing two hard-working defensive players will change the Rockets completely. Anthony will need to step up on that end if the Rockets want to even compete in the West.
The Rockets will not be an all around dangerous team this year. Instead, they will be relying on their devastating offense to compete in the West. If they want to win in the West, they need more defense. I would like to see a competitive Rockets team, but I think it will be another version of the Thunder.