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2022 NBA offseason grades: Rockets given high marks by experts

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So far, the Houston Rockets haven’t made big moves in 2022. But led by No. 3 first-round pick Jabari Smith Jr., they looked to have another strong draft, and that’s enough for many NBA pundits to give them high offseason marks.

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Earlier in June, the Rockets traded veteran center Christian Wood to Dallas to open up a starting position for sophomore Alperen Sengan, who Houston hopes could be a cornerstone in his recovery.

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As part of these deals (or lack thereof), the Rockets have also continued to prioritize and maximize salary cap flexibility in the 2023 off-season. up to 75 million dollars potentially accessible place in the lid.

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With such moves in mind, the Rockets and third-year general manager Rafael Stone are getting praise in off-season reviews from members of the media who cover the league. Here’s an example of Houston’s off-season ratings and free agents.

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Kevin Pelton of ESPN: B+

Kevin Pelton of ESPN:

Entering their second full year of recovery since James Harden, the Rockets continued to fill their young core with three first-round picks. Naturally, No. 3 pick Jabari Smith Jr. is most important to Houston’s future as he provides shooting and defensive versatility that should pair well with 2021 first round players Jalen Green, Alperen Sengan and Josh Christopher.

I especially liked taking LSU forward Tari Eason with the 17th pick. Eason was in the top ten of my predictions based on statistics. Finally, the Rockets took T.T. Washington Jr. with the last pick in the first round. To make room for young talent, Houston sent Wood to Dallas for the last of three first-round matches.

Grade: B+

Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports: A

Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports:

These are very strong back-to-back drafts for the Rockets, who have added shooting, defense, and playful play with their three first-rounders — led by Smith, who was widely considered to be No. 1 overall in the hours leading up to the draft. They traded Wood for a pick that turned into Washington, another highly ranked prospect who lost more than expected. Eason has looked great in the Summer League and will add a much-needed defensive presence to the young Rockets.

Excellent rating

Brian Culbroski, For victory: B+

Brian Culbrosky, For The Win:

I don’t have many thoughts about the offseason in Houston, which was relatively quiet except for draft night. I’m glad to see J’Shon Tate signing well deserved extensionas well as Trading Christian Wood made a lot of sense.

The Rockets have arguably the best pick in the draft: Jabari Smith, as well as Tari Eason and Tai Tai Washington. However, they are still eligible to play for Victor Uembanyama, so I’m going to be positive about their offseason.

Grade: B+

Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report: A

Grant Hughes, Bleach Report:

This summer, the Rockets pulled off a triple win, winning all three areas of roster building.

They have designed well, happily adding Smith and his top notch shooting to a frontcourt that needs it. You could argue that Houston would have been eligible to take him if he had the first choice. You never want to draft that high in the lottery, but the Rockets didn’t have to reach or make any tough decisions. They found the guy they needed. What’s more, Eason’s defense and Washington’s game instincts mean the Rockets could eventually have two more serious potential rotations in addition to Smith.

Houston also managed to trade Wood for a first-round player and four expiring contracts, squeezing value out of a player who didn’t fit into the development-focused frontcourt rotation.

Finally, free agency. Tate’s deal seems too good to be true from the Rockets’ point of view. A solid forward needs to improve as a shooter, but he is a dedicated and tenacious defender who can move the ball from forward position and dominate the attacking glass. He was in 91st and 94th percentiles, respectively, in offensive rebounding speed during the first two years in the league. A three-year, $22.1 million contract (with a club option for a third season!) is a big deal.

Excellent rating

Kelly Iko, The Athletic: A-

Kelly Iko, Athletic:

The Rockets weren’t free players, but the addition of three talented rookies in Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, and T.T. Washington Jr. was almost a home run for Houston. The long-term imprisonment of all-rounder Je’Shon Tate was both wise and beneficial to the team. Reinforcing head coach Steven Silas’ staff with Lionel Hollins, Mahmoud Abdelfattah and Mike Batiste was also a strong move. It was the offseason the organization needed to get through to really jumpstart the recovery, and by the looks of it, it did just that. If the Rockets were able to increase their big man strength after trading Christian Wood (I don’t think Boban Marjanovic is the answer), that score would be an A. That’s how good their summer was.

Rated excellent-

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The story originally appeared on Rockets Wire.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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