Re: 2013 NBA Offseason News
Harden's young, too. That Houston team is very, very young and set up for either a big free agent signee or a top draft pick. But it'll have to get lucky on the draft pick, as they're not bad enough to grab a sure-thing, nor good enough to deal a player or two for the pick.
Nice, complimentary players at C, PF, SG, and PG. Lin and Harden will be an offensively-minded backcourt, capable of gong 17/5/6 apiece. I also think Terrence Jones will turn out to be a steal in a couple of years. He's only 20, and I could see him go 15/9/4 this year with much more ceiling as he matures. (The only questions are motor and outside shot, and, at least so far in pre-season and Las Vegas, his shot has fallen consistently. He's also added a step or two to the range he had at Kentucky.)
Royce White has intriguing skills, as do the youngster from Turkey (Montiejunas) and Asik at center. For this year, Aldrich and Asik are going to rebound and block shots, Parsons and Brockman are going to shoot from long distance, Jones and White are going to do a little bit of everything, and the guard quartet of Delfino, Douglass, Lin, and Harden are going to be the primary drive and score guys.
It's again a decent but not great team. Houston's spent countless hours and seemingly hundreds of players creating a team just about as good as the one they let go at the end of 2012.
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