Originally posted on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 9/20/12

#27 - Houston Rockets

2011/12 Record: 34-32, no playoffs

2012/13 Projected Record: 31-51, no playoffs  

Key Additions:

Terrence Jones - Small Forward/Power Forward
Jeremy Lin - Point Guard
Shaun Livingston - Point Guard
Jeremy Lamb - Shooting Guard
Royce White - Power Forward
Toney Douglas - Point Guard
Omer Asik - Center
Carlos Delfino - Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Donatas Motiejunas - Power Forward/Center

Key Departures:

Kyle Lowry - Point Guard
Goran Dragic - Point Guard
Chase Budinger - Small Forward
Samuel Dalembert - Center
Marcus Camby - Center
Luis Scola - Power Forward
Courtney Lee - Shooting Guard

Depth Chart:

Point Guard: Jeremy Lin, Shaun Livingston
Shooting Guard: Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb
Small Forward: Chandler Parsons, Carlos Delfino
Power Forward: Patrick Patterson, Royce White
Center: Omer Asik, Donatas Motiejunas

The X Factor:

Jeremy Lin

Was last season's Linsanity just a weird, fluke of nature, or is Jeremy Lin for real?  Houston has $25 million invested in the later being true.


Wholesale changes is an understatement - only three of the top nine players on Houston's roster last season remain.  All that change - and all the uncertainty that comes with young players - doesn't bode well for the Rockets putting too many W's in the win column this season.

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