Even without a blockbuster deal, the Houston Rockets will likely look similar to the team that recently finished with the NBA’s worst record in 2021-22. According to this data, practically all rotation players have already signed contracts for the next season.
Though, there is no doubt that the Houston Rockets will acquire another top-five draft selection in June. Though Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun will be in their second seasons. In the NBA before the 2022-23 season, they were highly regard rookies from the class of 2020.
Rockets owned a first-round draft selection in 2023
An immediate shift in team performance anticipate during the next several months, but some internal development may and should expect. In addition, the Houston Rockets have a first-round selection in the 2023 NBA draft. Which means that another losing season might add to their young talent hoard.
However, by 2023 or 2024, the equation has shifted. Green and Sengun will be in the midst of their third seasons, which is typically a time of significant development for players.
In addition to the on-court elements, other factors will be at play. Rockets might have a lot of salary cap flexibility in the 2023 summer. When big-name veterans like John Wall and Christian Wood could reshape the squad. Since the Thunder would be the only recipient of a bad season in Houston’s 2023-24 season. The Rockets will have an added incentive to win that season.
The Houston Rockets may use this criterion to evaluate head coach Stephen Silas. Who is allegedly approaching the last year of his contract, signed in October 2020, with a guaranteed salary. Houston ended with the NBA’s poorest record in each of Silas’ first two seasons. Although those defeats were entirely due to circumstances outside his control.
Despite considerable roster stability in the 2022-23 season, the Houston Rockets want to see at least some team progress. However, it seems that the win-loss record will be graded on a curve until 2023-24 for the most part. Prospect development will be the primary focus for at least one more year.
As Fertitta told the Chronicle that he was delighted with Green’s improvement, it is a positive development for Silas. When you consider that Green was the No. 2 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 draft. He’s the most critical part of the team right now. Silas and his coaching staff look to be focusing on growth for the foreseeable future, which will significantly impact how they rate general manager Rafael Stone and the team’s owners.
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