It was a successful season for the Houston Rockets who finished the 2016-2017 NBA regular season third overall in the Western Conference. The Rockets then went on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 in the first round of the NBA Playoffs where we seen both James Harden and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head in a series where Houston really came through as a team to beat the Thunder.
Unfortunately though, the second round was where we seen Houston fall as they gave it their all before losing to the San Antonio Spurs in an exciting 4-2 series.
Houston really showed the NBA world they meant business this year and surprised fans around the world with how well they played. James Harden also had a fantastic season where we saw him average 29.1 ppg, 11.2 apg and 8.1 rpg. Mike D’Antoni also done an excellent job coaching the Rockets in his first season there and I’m sure he will do even better with Houston next year.
Houston could do with signing some players to help James Harden more next year, especially in the Frontcourt. Below is a list of 5 players who could help James Harden and the Houston Rockets.
The 6 foot Aussie point guard would be a good addition to the Houston Rockets if he were to sign with them in the offseason. Mills averaged 9.5 ppg and 3.5 apg this season for the San Antonio Spurs off the bench. The Aussie guard is only 28 years old and would be a big help to the Rockets off the bench if he were to sign there in the Summer.
Expect to see Mills make the move to Houston if he doesn’t resign with San Antonio.
Gibson’s contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder expires in July and Houston could be an option for the 31-year-old power forward. Gibson averaged 10.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg this year for both the Chicago Bulls and the Thunder and his talents wouldn’t go astray in Houston if he were to sign with the franchise.
Expect to see a Gibson move to Houston if he decides not to resign with the Thunder in the Summer.
The 26-year-old power forward brings fine three-point shooting to the table when he plays basketball and a move to Houston could be on the cards for him in the offseason when his contract with the Chicago Bulls runs out. Mirotic averaged 10.6 ppg and 5.5 rpg this season for the Bulls as he featured in 70 games during the Regular season for the squad. Mirotic recorded a 34% three-point field goal percentage and he also had a 41% field-goal percentage.
The European player would be a big help in Houston if he were to go there in the Summer.
After spending the past season with both the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors, Serge Ibaka will be looking for a more permanent move during Free Agency. It was rumored that Ibaka was going be traded to the Rockets back in February before the NBA’s trade deadline but a deal never went ahead and Serge moved to Toronto. Now could be a perfect time though for ‘Air Congo’ to sign with the Rockets as they look to really push for the NBA Finals next year after missing out this year in the Western Conference semi-finals.
Ibaka averaged 14.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg this year in the NBA and Houston fans will be hoping that he can bring some of that play to the Rockets if he signs with them during Free Agency.
The Golden State Warriors current ‘Star Man’ off the bench, Iguodala’s contract actually expires in the Summer. The Warriors will also have to try and resign several other players to the squad such as two-time Mvp Steph Curry, JaVale McGee and Shaun Livingston. This will mean the Warriors will be busy trying to finalize deals in the Summer which could mean Iggy might not get what he want. If Iggy did leave the Bay in July, Houston would be an ideal spot for the former All-Star.
Iguodala would most likely be a starter if he were to go to the Rockets which would be a big deciding factor for the 33-year-old forward.