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NBA Rumors: 4 Big Men The Rockets Should Target Right Now

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The Rockets have gone completely small-ball, and that can be both a good thing and a bad thing. On the positive side, they can outscore opponents in a matter of minutes much like the Golden State Warriors used to do. Their 3-point shooting and ability on the fast break make them arguably the greatest offensive team in the game today.

But they also give up a lot inside. Their tallest player on the court is often 6'8" at the most, and this can be a major problem when facing bigger teams like the Knicks last night. Even when the NY Knicks have little talent, they can punish you inside with strength and length.

Last night, they outrebounded the Rockets by a whopping 31 boards. In the playoffs, that simply won't get it done.

Here are the best options for the Rockets at Center.

Free Agents

Joakim Noah

8.8 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.3 BPG

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Joakim Noah has been one of the most consistent bigs in the league for a while now. Even when he hasn't played major minutes, his ability to eat up boards when he plays can be a big factor for a Rockets team that will need size at some point.

Noah is getting up there in age and is no longer the All-Star he was with the Bulls, but his productivity in spurts can help the Rockets stop the bleeding on the boards as we saw last night.

He is also a good passer of the ball and will do all the dirty work inside the paint including hustling for loose balls and setting picks. Noah is a very experienced player and there are already teams interested in adding him.

Jordan Bell

3.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.8 BPG

Jordan Bell

The Rockets waived Jordan Bell after the trade for Robert Covington earlier this season, but they might consider bringing him back. Bell is a big body who prefers to play power forward, but can also give minutes as a center in a small-ball lineup.

Bell can be a beast on the boards in spurts, and even having a full-sized center can provide some resistance when the Rockets are getting outrebounded.

Bell is very limited offensively, which is the case with every center on this list, but his size and girth can be a big help for the Rockets. His experience playing for the Warriors is also a great asset since he knows what it's like to play in the NBA Playoffs in big moments.

Buyout Candidates

Tristan Thompson

9.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.7 BPG

Tristan Thompson

Thompson is a former NBA Champion that was an integral part of a championship Cavaliers team. LeBron James absolutely loved Thompson's ability to grab a monster amount of boards, and it was often Thompson's offensive rebounding that gave the Cavaliers one of the best offensive systems in modern times.

Thompson does all the dirty work inside and can be a role player or play major minutes when starting. Either way, the Rockets should consider adding him to the squad.

If Thompson gets bought out, many teams will be in the running for him. If the Rockets decide that they will need an emergency center, Thomson is the best bet.

Taj Gibson

9.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.0 BPG

(via Elite Sports NY)

(via Elite Sports NY)

Another former Bull, Taj Gibson is a very experienced player who knows what it takes to work hard and play hard. While limited offensively, he can still hit the occasional mid-range jumper and can finish inside when he finds space. Gibson also is a quality rebounder on both ends of the floor and plays much bigger than he actually is in real life.

The Rockets can grab Gibson off the buyout market if the Knicks feel they are burdened with too many power forwards. Gibson will enjoy playing in the fast-paced system, and will probably provide quality minutes alongside Jeff Green at the power forward and center positions.


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