Dallas Mavericks: Will the Rockets shake up their roster? Could Mavs benefit?
By Tyler Watts
Why the Rockets will stay the course, and how it impacts the Dallas Mavericks
Houston should keep their roster intact if they believe it is their path to a championship. It hinges on Russell Westbrook. The former MVP is a below league average 3-point shooter, so the Rockets cannot have a big man that struggles with his jumper and still run their five out offense. James Harden needs floor spacing to maximize his offensive talents. If Houston is committed to Westbrook, they should stick with their current strategy.
Does playing small work over a full 82 games? The Rockets were 12-10 during the regular season after they traded away Clint Capela. That winning percentage over the entirety of last season would have had them in the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Houston won just five of 12 playoff games too.
It is a small sample size, and the Rockets played without Russell Westbrook seven times over the final 22 regular-season games.
The Dallas Mavericks would be ecstatic if Houston decides to play small ball next season. They will have no player to matchup on Kristaps Porzingis. Other teams will exploit their lack of rebounding and steal victories too. It would be a home run or bust strategy for the Rockets in 2021. The Mavs will take those odds.
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