Hoops Rumors Community Shootaround 1/24/16

It’s rare for a trade in late January not to be the major news of that particular day. The Rockets’ acquisition of Josh Smith in a trade with the Clippers on Friday, however, was overshadowed by David Blatt‘s firing. At 30 years old, Smith was experiencing the worst season of his career this year with the Clippers, but judging from his play Sunday, he already looks to be more inspired. Check out this Vine from the Rockets’ Twitter account, for example. Smith checked out of Sunday’s game to a standing ovation.

At an underwhelming 23-22 entering action Sunday, the Rockets have the talent to turn things around. Adding Smith, who averaged 12 points per game last season in Houston, should theoretically expedite that process. But by how much? Do the Rockets, who have played better of late, have deeper problems? Or will a familiar face provide the lift needed for a deep playoff run? At the very least, the move likely means the Rockets are seeking to upgrade this year’s team.

That leads us to today’s shootaround topic: How much will Smith help the Rockets?

Being mindful of our commenting policy, let us know in the comments section below what your thoughts are. We look forward to what you have to share.

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3 thoughts on “Hoops Rumors Community Shootaround 1/24/16

  1. Chris Crouse

    I could see the acquisition of Smith breathing life into the Rockets. Harden is a top 10 player in the league, and if the team can click and get up to the 5th seed, Houston could win a playoff series.

  2. Dana Gauruder

    Good, low-risk move by the Rockets. Smith had a good second half there last season and it really fortifies a frontcourt with injury-prone players (Howard, Jones).

  3. Arthur Hill

    It’s only been two games, but the early results are very positive. The ball movement and the overall energy level are much better when Smith is in the game. Also, one of the Rockets’ glaring weaknesses has been defense at the power forward position. Clint Capela can provide that, but his limited shooting range create issues with floor spacing. Smith can guard opposing fours and can hit 3-pointers, though his shot selection can be maddening at times.


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