Direct comparisons in the NBA can be a dangerous game because it’s hard to directly recreate success, but the signs tell us the Rockets are not far from being a great team again.
Claiming that a team can directly recreate another team’s success is a dangerous prospect in the NBA, but let’s not pretend that we can’t find similarities between the Rockets’ current situation and the Celtics’ situation a few years ago. .
The Celtics are not far from the laughingstock of the NBA for racking up picks with no way to turn them into playoff wins.
Look where they are now.
Marcus Smart (2014), Jaylen Brown (2016), Jayson Tatum (2017), Robert Williams (2018) and Grant Williams (2019) just played important minutes en route to beating the NBA’s best player in a massive moment of the match 7 pass to ECF.
We’ve heard for years that the Celtics need to get more aggressive and move players and picks around to build the momentum they need to move toward more than a tough first-round exit, but look who had the last laugh.
This Celtics team is poised to make some noise in the Eastern Conference for years to come, and a lot of that has come from hitting draft picks and youth development as they have fact.
The easiest way to make draft picks is to do as much as you can to hope the numbers work in your favor. The good news for the Rockets is that they’re one of those teams with a mountain of picks.
From trades that the fan base would watch with relish or not, the Rockets will have plenty of chances to build around the young core they have in Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr.
Alperen Sengun seems to improve with more reps. Jalen Green looked better the more reps he had during the season. Could he become a superstar after a year or two at this rate?
All that to say the Rockets are in a very good position moving forward. They need to focus on making the most of their upcoming picks and maximizing their value in Green’s supporting roles, and the influx of draft picks and playing time should accomplish a lot on that front.
Regardless of the results in the coming season, the Rockets must stay the course with their current strategy and focus on the long build to be successful in the years to come, no matter how much the pundits may decry the process.
The 2022 NBA Draft can’t come soon enough.
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