Originally written on roundballchat.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14


Houston : NBA Draft Grade B

12) Jeremy Lamb, SF; (16) Royce White, PF; (18) Terrence Jones, Furkan Aldemir (Trade)

I really like what the Rockets did in the draft.  They took 3 players that all have great upside but have the potential to be busts. I didn’t like that the Rockets took both White and Jones, who both play the same position. The Rockets could have used a center or a point guard in this draft.

The Houston Rockets need some help on the wing and the pick of Jeremy Lamb makes sense. Chase Budinger was traded away so Lamb fits a need right away.

Lamb has very good size and length for a shooting guard, but he really needs to add some weight. Lamb is a great athlete with his quickness and jumping ability. He is also an excellent an aggressive defender. One word to describe his offensive game is smooth. He is an excellent shooter who excels at the mid-range game. He needs to be more aggressive on offense .

White did it all at Iowa State he pretty much led his team at very stat. Not to many times do you see a power forward leading a team in assists. He can score in a ton of ways. He was the best player on the court in Iowa State NCAA tournament loss. The only thing he needs to work on is his jump shooting and his defensive play.

White has had off court problems in the past but it looks like he has turned everything around. Another concern for White is he is sacred of flying.

Jones is a very versatile player that plays either inside or on the perimeter; he is very athletic. Jones has great size and length. His ball handling skills let him get easy shots in the paint. He finishes very strong at the rim with his strength. Jones has the knack on how to get rebounds he is also a superb shot blocker. Jones needs to improve on his overall consistency of his game; he can score 20 points one night and 4 the next.

Offseason/ Free Agents and Trades: Grade B

- The Rockets traded away their point guard Kyle Lowry to the Raptors for Gary Forbes and a 1st round pick.

-Now the Rockets picked up their future point guard in free agency. The Rockets have signed Jeremy Lin after the Knicks decided not to match the Rockets offer. Lin singed a three year contract worth $25.1 Million.

- The Rockets traded Center Marcus Camby to the Knicks for PG Toney Douglas, C Jerome Jordan, C Josh Harrellson, and second-round picks in 2014 and 2015

- The Rockets sign offer sheets to Omer Asik. The Bulls did not match the Rockets offer so Asik will sign with the Rockets.

- The Celtics signed Courtney Lee from the Rockets in a sign and trade deal with the Rockets. The Rockets received JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, and Seal Williams in the deal.

- The Rockets waived Luis Scola.

- Before the NBA Draft the Rockets received Jon Brockman and Shaun Livingston from the Bucks.

- Fresh off the Olympics Carlos Delfino just singed with the Rockets.

 

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