The Rockets’ offseason strategy seems to built around the old “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” theory. Houston realizes it needs to build a super team of its own if it has any chance at dethroning the Warriors in the Western Conference.
After adding Chris Paul earlier in the offseason, the Rockets are just one superstar short of forming their very own super team and the front office is reportedly in hot pursuit of Carmelo Anthony in order to make that happen.
There are two reasons to be skeptical of a play for Anthony: The first being that it may not be wise to mortgage the future to go into win-now mode while Golden State still has its Curry-Durant-Thompson-Green core intact. The second being that the Rockets aren’t exactly hurting for offense. Houston ranked second in offensive efficiency last season, after all.
The second point was one recently made by former Rockets coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy.
Via the New York Post:
“I think they have a lot on their plate integrating Paul and [James] Harden,” Van Gundy said. “They’re not going to be better offensively than they were last year. They were the second-best team in the league offensively.
“Their improvement is going to have to be defensively. So I’m interested in the Carmelo thing. I don’t necessarily see it as a natural fit.
“He’s a very good player, yet they don’t need help offensively,” Van Gundy said. “They were a fabulous offensive team. I’m interested to see if it happens and who’s involved if it does happen. I don’t necessarily see the fit.”
This makes some sense … at least until you really start to think about what van Gundy is saying.
Yes, the Rockets need to get better defensively and Anthony isn’t exactly known for his defense, but to suggest that the Rockets cannot get better offensively simply because they ranked second last season is just illogical.
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