Sunday, August 4, 2013
The Big 5
The new trend in the NBA is creating super teams. Recently teams have been going out and spending tons of money on star players to form a "big 3". Three big name, all star caliber players on one team. Some people used to think that it was cheap and building these super teams was corrupting the game of basketball. For example when the 07-08 Boston Celtics went out and acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce to form the first official "Big 3". Then the trend continued with the 2010-2011 Miami Heat when they combined Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade. Now the Rockets have done the same thing but have put together arguably the best starting 5 in all of basketball, and I will refer to them as The Big 5.
Lets start with the young, talented superstar, Jeremy Lin. The creator of Linsanity, Lin averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 assists last year. Some people are unimpressed by Lin's season, but they need to realize that he's only 24 years old. At 24 Lin showed leadership, toughness, and improvement in every aspect of his game. He's only going to get better and this year might be his year to prove that he is an elite point guard. Lin's game is the pick n roll, which was virtually impossible to run with Omer Asik; since he has bricks for hands. This year with Dwight Howard expect Lin's ppg and apg to improve yet again.
Next for The Big 5 is James Harden. James (23 years old) burst onto the scene last year averaging 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists a game. The man does it all and will also improve this year with Dwight Howard in the post. What makes Harden's season even more impressive is how he succeeded in Kevin McHale's "give the ball to James and watch him work" offense; aka we didn't run an offense. I'm overly excited to see him and Dwight run actual plays this season.
The most important member of The Big 5 has to be Chandler Parsons. He can lock down the other team's best scorer, he spaces out the floor nicely with his ever improving jump shot, and lets face it... the man is gorgeous. He quietly averaged 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and dramatically improved his FT% by 18% last season. At 24 years of age he's a leader on and off the court, which is why he's a fan favorite. Expect another stellar year from CP in the 2013-2014 season.
Serving as the centerpiece of The Big 5, literally, Dwight Howard is referred to as the most dominant Center in the league. He is going to give other teams nightmares and mismatches all year long. Especially with a team full of shooters, Dwight is on the perfect team to win a championship. Howard averaged 17 points and 12.4 rebounds a game last season, which is considered a down year for him. He was injured for part of the season last year, yet he still led the league in rebounding. At 27 years old, Howard is the oldest player in the Rockets' starting lineup.
As of now we are waiting on Daryl Morey to make a trade for a superstar PF, so until then this space will remain empty. Check back every day looking for an update, or check out my Donatas Motiejunas article because he may just be our starting PF this season and he is very talented. Averaging 23.5 points and 10.8 rebounds last year in the developmental league; D-Mo is going to be one to keep an eye on in the future.
I emphasized the age of The Big 5 to make sure readers understand that the Rockets will be a dominant force for the next 10 years. They are technically not even in their prime yet. With the 5 players as aforementioned in this article, Houston's starting 5 would average just over 95 points a game, which is outrageous.