Team analysis: Houston Rockets

Yao Ming

This season is all about Yao for the Rockets. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

Depth chart:

PG: Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry, Ishmael Smith

SG: Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee, Jermaine Taylor

SF: Shane Battier, Chase Budinger, Jared Jeffries

PF: Luis Scola, Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson, Alexander Johnson, Jordan Hill

C: Yao Ming, Brad Miller

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:

Kevin Martin – SG (Rd. 4-5): 22 Pts, 2 threes, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Aaron Brooks – PG (Rd. 4-5): 20 Pts, 2.5 threes, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

Luis Scola – F/C (Rd. 7-8): 14.5 Pts, 8.5 Reb, 2 Ast

Yao Ming – C (Rd. 8-10): 13.5 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

Shane Battier – SF (Rd. 12+): 7 Pts, 1.5 threes, 4 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Chase Budinger – G/F (Rd. 13+): 9 Pts, 1 three, 3.5 Reb

Kyle Lowry – PG (Rd. 13+): 7 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Brad Miller – C (Rd. 13+): 6 Pts, 3 Reb

Courtney Lee – G/F (Rd. 13+): 7 Pts, 2.5 Reb

Sleeper:

Budinger

Most likely to surprise:

Yao

Most likely to disappoint:

Yao

Category specialists:

  • Threes: Martin, Brooks
  • Blocks: Yao

Things to watch:

  • Yao‘s health and how hard the ceiling on his minutes is
  • who will emerge with value if Yao or Martin get hurt
  • how Yao‘s presence will affect the team’s pace, shot selection

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2009-10:

  • Pts: 8th
  • FGM: 16th
  • FGA: T3rd
  • FG%: 26th
  • FT%: 10th
  • 3PTM: 5th
  • Reb: 13th
  • Ast: T11th
  • TO: T17th
  • Stl: T16th
  • Blk: 26th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2010-11: C+

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