Houston Rockets: Four projected lineup combinations the team must use

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 24: Mike D'Antoni of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 24: Mike D'Antoni of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets are just about complete with the 2018 off season. While some might consider it successful, others would consider a bust.  With all things considered, here are four lineup combinations

The Houston Rockets gave money bags to their All-Star caliber players, drafted a few players who look like steals; but unfortunately, lost two solid defensive players.

The Houston Rockets are just a moment away from signing an offensive player in Carmelo Anthony who is very questionable at best on the defensive side.

Now normally, looking at what the Houston Rockets have lost versus signing Anthony, I’d ask the question, “what the hell?”

But to be honest with you, it may not be too bad. The Houston Rockets will get a solid-third option who will actually play with players who would be willing to pass the ball. Looking back at Game 7, it was obvious that Harden and Gordon needed another option without Chris Paul.


The Houston Rockets were missing threes with ball movement, Harden was on and off throughout the game and yet another play maker was looking more detrimental than ever. You can’t say that things would’ve been the same with Anthony on the floor. He is a dude that can still put the ball in the bucket when needed and he could’ve sparked needed momentum after letting up big in the second half.

Now obviously there is some dude in the crowd yelling, “It doesn’t matter if Anthony can score. He doesn’t play defense and the Rockets were third in defensive efficiency last year. The losses of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute will look even worse with Anthony on the floor. We are going to become a horrible defensive team and won’t be the same at all next year!”

I mean…I don’t blame you for saying it. But I gladly address that question in the following article.

So if the Houston Rockets did make a paramount move besides the re-signings, it was the acquisition of James Ennis. He is a solid three-point shooter and a defensive-minded type of player who has rather been a journey man throughout his career.

But there’s a huge debate between Anthony and Ennis. Who should be in what lineup? Ennis is a great fit to start but apparently Anthony knows his role on the team. Here’s what I would like to happen versus what will most likely happen so let’s take a look: