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Summer of 2014: The Road to Becoming a Contender

Howard's arrival brought championship aspirations back to Clutch City (rightfully so), but those all came to a heart-wrenching halt when Lilard sent the biggest dagger of my young tenure as a Rocket fan (Sorry, Stockton, I was a newborn at the time) through the chest of the entire fanbase.

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via i.imgur.com | The feels...

However, a silver lining came from Friday night's heartbreaking loss to the Blazers and that will be the focus. Their are several possible and definite free agents this offseason that could catapult the team into the realm of "True Contender" ala the Thunder, the Spurs, the Heat, the Clippers, the Blazers, and the Pacers (East Factor). I assume that Casspi, Hamilton, and Powell will not be making a return, leaving 3 open spots to solve our glaring problems. No one named Howard or Harden boast the "untouchable" title and could be put up for trade if the scenario that makes Morey's trigger finger itch enough presents itself. Shall we look at Morey's options this offseason? Yes, yes we shall. (Note: Free agents are broken up into categories of need; Balanced Point Guard Play, Consistent Three-Point Shooting, Perimeter Defense, and Bigman Depth)

BALANCED POINT GUARD PLAY

Position: Point Guard

Height: 6’2

Wingspan: 6'10

Weight: 190 lbs.

Born: 05-19-86 (27)

NBA Experience: 5

2014: 29.8 MPG/9.8 PPG/2.9 RPG/4.9 APG/2.2 TPG/1.6 SPG/0.2 BPG/.567 TS%

Career per 36: 11.3 PPG/3.2 RPG/5.0 APG/2.4 TPG/2.0 SPG/0.2 BPG/.555 TS%

Position: Point Guard

Height: 6’0

Wingspan: N/A

Weight: 175 lbs.

Born 03-25-86 (28)

NBA Experience: 7

2014: 36.2 MPG/17.9 PPG/4.7 RPG/7.4 APG/2.5 TPG/1.5 SPG/0.2 BPG/.567 TS%

Career per 36: 14.7 PPG/4.8 RPG/6.8 APG/2.5 TPG/1.5 SPG/0.2 BPG/.550 TS%

CONSISTENT THREE-POINT SHOOTING

Position: Shooting Guard

Height: 6'5

Weight: 205 lbs.

Born: 06-20-75 (38)

NBA Experience: 17

2014: 26.5 MPG/9.6 PPG/2.8 RPG/2.0 APG/1.2 TPG/0.7 SPG/0.1 BPG/.590 TS%

Career per 36: 19.0 PPG/4.1 RPG/3.4 APG/2.1 TPG/1.1 SPG/0.2 BPG/.580 TS%

Position: Swingman (SG/SF)

Height: 6'6

Wingspan: 7'0

Weight: 215 lbs.

Born: 01-26-77 (37)

NBA Experience: 15

2014: 24.4 MPG/11.9 PPG/3.5 RPG/2.6 APG/1.3 TPG/0.8 SPG/0.4 BPG/.539 TS%

Career per 36: 21.3 PPG/5.2 RPG/3.9 APG/2.2 TPG/1.2 SPG/0.7 BPG/.538 TS%

Position: Shooting Guard

Height: 6’4

Wingspan: 6'5

Weight: 208 lbs.

Born: 08-21-87 (26)

NBA Experience: 4

2014: 33.2 MPG/15.7 PPG/2.5 RPG/1.8 APG/1.4 TPG/1.4 SPG/0.1 BPG/.601 TS%

Career per 36: 14.3 PPG/3.3 RPG/1.6 APG/1.2 TPG/1.2 SPG/0.1 BPG/.571 TS%

Position: Swingman (SF/SG)

Height: 6’8

Wingspan: 6'10

Weight: 218 lbs.

Born: 02-19-80 (34)

NBA Experience: 13

2014: 20.8 MPG/7.1 PPG/2.5 RPG/1.6 APG/1.7 TPG/0.3 SPG/0.1 BPG/.619 TS%

Career per 36: 14.6 PPG/5.7 RPG/3.5 APG/2.6 TPG/0.7 SPG/0.3 BPG/.578 TS%

Position: Swingman (SG/SF)

Height: 6’5

Wingspan: 6'11

Weight: 210 lbs.

Born: 09-27-85 (28)

NBA Experience: 5

2014: 18.8 MPG/8.4 PPG/1.8 RPG/0.8 APG/0.7 TPG/0.5 SPG/0.2 BPG/.570 TS%

Career per 36: 15.8 PPG/3.8 RPG/1.6 APG/1.3 TPG/0.9 SPG/0.2 BPG/.570 TS%

PERIMETER DEFENSE

Position: Swingman (SF/SG)

Height: 6'6

Wingspan: 6'10

Weight: 220 lbs.

Born: 10-16-82 (31)

NBA Experience: 4

2014: 22.7 MPG/7.2 PPG/2.2 RPG/1.0 APG/0.8 TPG/0.6 SPG/0.1 BPG/.525 TS%

Career per 36: 13.7 PPG/3.6 RPG/2.1 APG/1.7 TPG/0.9 SPG/0.2 BPG/.518 TS%

Position: Swingman (SF/SG)

Height: 6’8

Wingpsan: 7'2

Weight: 200 lbs.

Born: 06-30-85 (28)

NBA Experience: 9

2014: 35.4 MPG/14.4 PPG/6.2 RPG/2.5 APG/1.7 TPG/1.6 SPG/0.3 BPG/.590 TS%

Career per 36: 13.0 PPG/6.2 RPG/2.7 APG/1.9 TPG/1.8 SPG/0.5 BPG/.524 TS%

Position: Cornerman (SF/PF)

Height: 6’7

Wingspan:

Weight: 220 lbs.

Born: 05-07-78 (35)

NBA Experience: 14

2014: 31.7 MPG/10.4 PPG/6.5 RPG/1.6 APG/1.3 TPG/1.2 SPG/0.5 BPG/.537 TS%

Career per 36: 16.1 PPG/9.1 RPG/2.0 APG/1.6 TPG/1.6 SPG/1.1 BPG/.543 TS%

Position: Swingman (SF/SG)

Height: 6’6

Wingspan: 6'11

Weight: 215 lbs.

Born: 04-18-87 (27)

NBA Experience: 8

2014: 19.3 MPG/9.9 PPG/2.0 RPG/1.0 APG/0.9 TPG/0.9 SPG/0.3 BPG/.569 TS%

Career per 36: 16.4 PPG/4.1 RPG/2.3 APG/1.7 TPG/1.3 SPG/0.5 BPG/.524 TS%

Position: Swingman (SG/SF)

Height: 6’5

Wingspan: 7'2

Weight: 215 lbs.

Born: 05-02-84 (30)

NBA Experience: 7

2014: 26.0 MPG/6.3 PPG/3.6 RPG/1.5 APG/0.9 TPG/1.3 SPG/0.3 BPG/.517 TS%

Career per 36: 8.9 PPG/5.7 RPG/2.3 APG/1.5 TPG/1.6 SPG/0.7 BPG/.529 TS%

Position: Swingman (SF/SG)

Height: 6'5

Wingspan: 7'0

Weight: 225 lbs.

Born: 05-05-85 (29)

NBA Experience: 2

2014: 30.7 MPG/9.4 PPG/6.5 RPG/1.7 APG/1.3 TPG/1.4 SPG/0.3 BPG/.540 TS%

Career per 36: 10.4 PPG/7.2 RPG/2.0 APG/1.4 TPG/1.4 SPG/0.3 BPG/.534 TS%

BIGMAN DEPTH

Position: Bigman (PF/C)

Height: 6'10

Wingspan: 7'0

Weight: 230 lbs.

Born: 07-07-78 (35)

NBA Experience: 11

2014: 19.4 MPG/6.6 PPG/5.3 RPG/0.3 APG/0.7 TPG/0.4 SPG/1.3 BPG/.683 TS%

Career per 36: 11.2 PPG/10.4 RPG/0.9 APG/1.6 TPG/0.9 SPG/3.1 BPG/.578 TS%

Position: Bigman (PF/C)

Height: 6'11

Wingspan: 7'2

Weight: 235 lbs.

Born: 08-22-86 (27)

NBA Experience: 8

2014: 22.2 MPG/11.2 PPG/5.3 RPG/1.5 APG/1.5 TPG/1.0 SPG/0.5 BPG/.532 TS%

Career per 36: 16.5 PPG/8.7 RPG/2.3 APG/2.6 TPG/1.7 SPG/0.8 BPG/.511 TS%

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Position: Power Forward

Height: 6'10

Wingspan: 7'0

Weight: 225 lbs.

Born: 06-05-89 (24)

NBA Experience: 3

2014: 15.2 MPG/5.7 PPG/4.1 RPG/0.4 APG/0.6 TPG/0.3 SPG/0.7 BPG/.542 TS%

Career per 36: 11.9 PPG/10.2 RPG/1.2 APG/1.4 TPG/0.8 SPG/1.6 BPG/.559 TS%

Position: Bigman (PF/C)

Height: 6'11

Wingspan: 7'3

Weight: 248 lbs.

Born: 05-17-83 (30)

NBA Experience: 7

2014: 28.2 MPG/11.1 PPG/5.1 RPG/1.2 APG/1.1 TPG/0.7 SPG/0.8 BPG/.555 TS%

Career per 36: 14.5 PPG/7.6 RPG/1.5 APG/1.5 TPG/0.8 SPG/1.1 BPG/.535 TS%

Position: Bigman (C/PF)

Height: 7'0

Wingspan: 7'1

Weight: 245 lbs.

Born: 04-28-88 (26)

NBA Experience: 6

2014: 29.8 MPG/13.5 PPG/7.7 RPG/2.4 APG/2.0 TPG/0.5 SPG/1.0 BPG/.571 TS%

Career per 36: 14.0 PPG/9.3 RPG/2.9 APG/2.3 TPG/0.6 SPG/1.6 BPG/.514 TS%

Position: Bigman (PF/C)

Height: 6'10

Wingspan: 7'2

Weight: 235 lbs.

Born: 06-27-87 (26)

NBA Experience: 4

2014: 20.8 MPG/9.7 PPG/7.4 RPG/0.8 APG/1.0 TPG/0.4 SPG/0.9 BPG/.579 TS%

Career per 36: 14.7 PPG/11.6 RPG/1.1 APG/1.9 TPG/0.7 SPG/1.5 BPG/.546 TS%

Position: Bigman (PF/C)

Height: 6'10

Wingspan: 7'1

Weight: 240 lbs.

Born: 02-28-87 (27)

NBA Experience: 6

2014: 30.3 MPG/8.5 PPG/4.8 RPG/4.3 APG/1.1 TPG/0.7 SPG/0.6 BPG/.548 TS%

Career per 36: 10.3 PPG/7.5 RPG/3.8 APG/1.6 TPG/0.9 SPG/0.9 BPG/.551 TS%

All information used provided by Basketball-Reference, HoopsHype, and DraftExpress. Did I miss someone that you think would fit in? Who would you like to see in ketchup red and mustard yellow next season? Please leave feedback in the comment section below!

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