Final Spots: Gerald Green, Nene, Iman Shumpert
Gerald Green, Nene, and Iman Shumpert likely round out the guys that are likely to see minutes this postseason. They’re all apart of the rotation currently have played important minutes that have allowed their teammates to get rest.
With that being said, Green is most likely to get bumped up to the above slide once the playoffs actually get here. He provides a ton of energy and streaky shooting and not much else but he has proven to be a terrific asset in the past with those two things being what he brings to the table.
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Nene could also be easily subbed in for Faried in the rotation as a stronger, more stout player. If the Houston Rockets face a pounder in the paint, Nene could be more in play. But since he can’t really play in multiple games in a row and there aren’t many pounders in the paint these days, Faried makes more sense as a consistent rotation player.
Shumpert was the final player the Houston Rockets traded for this season but the acquisition hasn’t gone quite as the team hoped. He hasn’t been able to stay on the court and hit his shots consistently. He still has defensive value but he won’t get too many meaningful minutes until he gets more consistent on the offensive end.
Odd men out: Chris Chiozza, Gary Clark, Isaiah Hartenstein, Vince Edwards, Trevon Duval
Of these five guys, Gary Clark is the most likely to get minutes in playoffs. He showed early this season what he is capable of but he hasn’t been able to be consistent in it. At his best, he plays solid, versatile defense with the ability to knock down threes. He could get some spot minutes but if he does, things aren’t either going really well or really poorly.
Isaiah Hartenstein has been hurt, otherwise, he may be getting minutes. Chris Chiozza, Vince Edwards, and Trevon Duval are all likely to help the team get to the playoffs healthy but they won’t sniff the floor during the playoffs.
The Houston Rockets look primed to make a very deep playoff run once again. This seemed highly unlikely earlier in the season but when you have a present and future MVP leading the way, anything is possible. What do you think of this rotation? Is it championship worthy? Let us know below!