2021-22 Rockets Standings – Part Two

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Jae’Sean Tate

Remember when legions of Rockets fans on Twitter refused to even include Tate in an exchange as a thought exercise? After this season, I wonder if those same fans still see him as a long-term rebuilding option?

Tate’s production was the same as last season despite more use, so is that really bad? No, but that’s not good either. The problem with Jae’Sean is that he’s an undersized wing that doesn’t shoot. He can excel in many other aspects of the game like his finishing ability (61% within five feet), nevertheless, it’s not elite enough to make up for those flaws.

For what it’s worth, his efforts are fascinating and he never gives up on games, regardless of the outcome. His determination is why he’s fourth in charges shot (18), however, that same energy allows him to wear the league-leading crown in personal fouls this season (286).

Grade: C+

Eric Gordon

Gordon’s campaign can be described as a test of Jekyll and Hyde. During the first half of the season, Gordon was on a mission as he scored 14 points on 48/42/76 shooting. The Rockets’ success depended on his play; the team record was 9-2 whenever he scored over 18 points and 10-36 when he did not.

As of the trade deadline, he was no longer “Splash Gordon”. He was good, but not great. After the All Star break, he shot 43/38/93, which isn’t bad at all, but his production of nine points per game just didn’t have that much of an impact compared to the first half. of the season.

The only thing that didn’t fluctuate was his defense, he was a pest on the perimeter. Eric regularly put his opponents in straitjackets, limiting them to 30% shots from 15 feet and beyond.

Grade: B+

Kevin Porter Jr.

If there was one word to describe KPJ’s second season in Houston, it would be incoherent. The 6’4” starting point guard enjoyed a season where he averaged 16 points in 42/38/64 with 6 more assists.

He had many highs, like the self-lobed dunk that channeled Steve Francis in the early 2000s, and then we had lows where he left the arena at halftime.

When you add the skeptics’ criticism of Kevin’s ability as a leader, particularly with his decision-making – citing that he takes too long to make decisions and is prone to turnover – the conversation can get annoying very quickly. I can’t debate Porter Jr’s turnovers, as he gives up the ball three times per game, which puts him 20th in total turnovers.

However, when looking at the player’s touch stats on NBA.com, KPJ’s average seconds per touch and average dribble per touch (5.06, 4.49) are the same or lower than Davion Mitchell’s ( 5.17, 5.03) and Dejounte Murray (5.06, 4.67). Does that absolve his shortcomings as a playmaker? No. He just has to get better.

One thing for sure is that when KPJ decides to push ‘P’ he is a different type of player, in the last eight games of the season he posted a ridiculous stat of 26 points, 7 rebounds, 8 passes on 47/40/ 87 divisions.

Category B

jalen green

The second overall pick came into the season and started slowly at first, as he wasn’t the goalscorer many expected to be. But in the second half of the season, Green came to life. This man put up 22 points per game on 48/39/76.

The main difference between Jalen Green in the first half and the second half was his adaptation to the speed and spacing of the NBA game. When he first arrived Jalen was able to beat his man on his first steps on the discs, however, over the past few months he has been able to get trickier with his tighter ball handling skills to get himself return to his places.

He has improved in his defense and his game in such a short time, it’s absurd! I honestly think the sky is the limit with him.

Grade: B+

christian wood

Christian Wood is an enigma. Depending on who you talk to in the fandom, it’s a star you should give a max contract to or a replaceable bum. No matter where you place him on the spectrum, he’s had a pretty good season.

Wood was the only player to hit a stat line of 18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block per game on 50/39/62 shooting splits. Ignoring the free throw percentage and its sometimes confusing shot selection, it’s pretty impressive.

In his defense, it’s a whole other story. He has his moments where he can keep perimeter players in space, and then he has his moments where he looks lost to that end, especially in pick-and-roll coverage. As an auxiliary defenseman, he does his job, it’s not enough to change the fortunes of a team that gives up 118 points per game.

Class B+

Rocket Fans

Yes guys! I value you all! This fanbase has been great all year. Many of you could have stopped looking at the worst team in the league, but you didn’t. Instead, you not only watched, but were active and rooted for our young core. For this reason, you get an A+.

Class A+

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