When we think of these young Rockets in a rebuild, we think of Kevin Porter Jr. on a stick. and we envision a “high tempo” team that plays very fast with athletes like Jalen Green, KJ Martin or Josh Christopher at the finish.
On paper anyway, it’s the ideal scenario for this team, the kind of identity that Stephen Silas’ coach wants to embody in this second year of a rebuild. But actually, a month into this 2022/23 season, the reality is very different: The Rockets are (almost) out of business.
Indeed, Houston’s young team is averaging just 11.1 points per game this season, the 7th-lowest total in the league. In particular, an unnatural game that can be explained by an over-allowing defense that is not far from the worst in the league: 115.8 points per 100 possessions (28 of 30). Also, an insane amount of turnovers that prevented the team from getting up to speed: 22.9 points conceded on turnovers (last in the league) and 18.5 points conceded in transition (last in the league).
In other words, the Rockets run less because they score a basket on almost every possession…
” When you have skin on your hands, I want to run more, have more options. Simply put, I want us to be a transition team. But for that you have to defend better, get more rebounds, intercept more Stephen Silas late last week before his team had two games against the Pacers and Warriors … 10, then 13 points just in transition.
A cruel lack of realism
There is no doubt that the Rockets love and want to run. But there’s a world between wanting and being able, and in the case of this young team, that world is called “defense.” The Rockets’ besieged defense effectively offers them very few transitions: they’ve registered just 15.2 such possessions per game so far, the second-lowest in the league this season.
” The main thing for us is not to stop and provide rebounds KJ Martin noted that while the Rockets are pretty good in the secondary, they are fifth best in the league with 45.8 catches per game. ” We have some guys that can push the skin after getting a rebound. »
But the other problem, and Kevin Porter Jr. sums it up nicely, is that the Rockets are only doing half the job. They are good at rebounding, but when they have rare opportunities to push the leather, they are extremely ineffective: they score less than one point per possession in transition (0.99 points/possession, second lowest in the league)!
” In fact, we did not go through these transitions very well. Sometimes we lose the ball or make a dangerous pass. We are wasting these opportunities “He gave detailed information about the young leader of Houston. ” If our execution becomes more fluid, we will certainly offer ourselves more baskets in transition. »
|Players||GM||Minimum||Shots||3 points||LF||Turn off||Def||Early||p.d||bp||Int||CT||party||Points|
|Kevin Porter, Jr.||15||34.9||41.0||33.8||73.3||1.5||4.7||6.1||5.8||4.0||1.3||0.5||2.9||19.1|
|Jabari Smith, Jr.||15||30.1||31.3||29.9||84.4||1.4||5.5||6.9||0.8||1.1||0.3||1.1||3.7||10.2|
|Tyty Washington, Jr.||1||4.3||0.0||0.0||50.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.0|