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Old 03-17-2013   #176
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Default Re: Rick Smith looks smarter every day

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Originally Posted by sandman View Post
Um, you do know that this team is barely over .500 and not considered a contender right? They missed the playoffs for the last three years with barely .500 records, so while they didn't tank, he made them *just good enough to get screwed out of decent draft picks to accelerate the rebuilding process. That may actually be a worse decision than tanking.
No it isn't because he did it by drafting well and then cashing in those players for more draft picks before they got expensive. This accumulation of good but cheap players gets you the youngest team in the league with the second most cap room and a gold vault full of assets to make a move for a top ten player in James Harden.

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The potential is there for future seasons with a few more key additions, but this team as built right now is not a championship caliber team. They have improved from a mediocre team not making the playoffs to a decent team barely making the playoffs.
The potential is readily apparent with zero additions. The starting lineup has 4/5 guys starting for the basically the first time in their career. Parsons is locked into a 4 year sub-million dollar contract and can put up 25+ on any given night and this is only his second season in the NBA. Plus they have max+ cap room to add any free agent they want this off season.

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Funny how that is considered success for the Rockets, but failure for the Texans.
Since 2002:


Number of above .500 seasons
Rockets = 9 (plus this year)
Texans = 3

Number of playoff appearances
Rockets = 5 (plus this year)
Texans = 2

The arrow is point:
Rockets = up
Texans = down

Last edited by JamesBill; 03-17-2013 at 04:59 PM.
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