2017 Free Agency: Southwest Division, Houston Rockets


What seemed like a failed free agency last season, it turned out to be the best possible pickups for Houston. Acquiring Eric Gordon (16.2 PPG) & Ryan Anderson (13.6 PPG) were some of the biggest moves that helped the Rockets increase their win total by 14 games. Obviously the main focus for Houston is grabbing one of the biggest names in free agency, Chris Paul, but based off of their moves last year, they might be able to grab some smaller names that’ll make big impacts to compliment MVP runner-up, James Harden.

2017 Free Agents

Bleacher Report

Nene (34, UFA) 9.1 PPG – 4.2 RPG – 17.9 MPG

Bobby Brown (32, RFA) 2.5 PPG – 38% FG – 4.9 MPG

Troy Williams (22, RFA) 9.7 PPG – 4.0 RPG – 23.2 MPG

The Houston Rockets don’t have much to worry about with these three players’ contracts being up, Williams should find his way back in Houston after an impressive rookie season with the Rockets. While Nene had his worst statistical season playing over 50 games in a season. He played some of his best basketball in the first round against the Thunder with some crazy efficient basketball in his 22 minutes per game (13.6 PPG – 85% FG). Nene should be back in Houston, along with his crucial sixth man role.

Notable Free Agent Targets

CBS Sports

Paul Millsap (32, UFA) 18.1 PPG – 7.7 RPG – 34.0 MPG

Kyle Lowry (31, UFA) 22.4 PPG – 7.0 APG – 37.4 MPG

Chris Paul (31, UFA) 18.1 PPG – 9.2 APG – 31.5 MPG

Blake Griffin (28, UFA) 21.6 PPG – 8.1 RPG – 34.0 MPG

Seems impossible to pick up these big name guys right? Not when you have five-time All-Star James Harden leading your roster. James Harden has proven he can lead a team to the Western Conference Finals & he’s been apart of an NBA Finals as well. These free agents are amongst the biggest names who always get cut short in the postseason. Chris Paul has a big chip on his shoulder & Harden can help him at least get to a Western Conference Finals & get another shot at Chef Curry. Adding Millsap or Griffin with one of these premiere point guards would make any team dangerous. In a league where you NEED 3-4 All-Stars to win a championship, Houston might be able to find themselves in a familiar position from the 2015 playoffs.



About Juwan M. Davis

Editor/Writer for NBALEAD. Born and raised in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Living in Los Angeles. Minnesota Timberwolves fan. Twitter: @JuwanMalikDavis

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