On The Dream Shake, on Twitter, and all over other Rockets blogs across the internet, the same line of questioning is starting to emerge — if the Rockets are able to acquire both Omer Asik and Dwight Howard, how would they fit together? More specifically, can the two of them play together for long stretches to shut down offenses with a "twin towers" look?
Unfortunately, the answer to that question has to be no, for now. While Asik and Howard are a pair of defensive destroyers that would strike fear in opponents, only against the biggest of teams would that look be effective. The Magic had a duo of that caliber in Marcin Gortat and Dwight Howard, and rarely played the two together simply because other lineups with Howard were so much more effective, especially offensively.
Obviously, the two would form a swarming duo on the boards, swallowing up most rebounds coming their way, but offensively, the unit would be awkward and poorly spaced. The reason that Orlando targeted big men that could shoot (Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, and Glen Davis come to mind), is that the best way to utilize Howard offensively is to give him the middle of the floor to score and play shooters around him who can take advantage of his double teams.
Opposing teams would have little reason not to double off Asik if the two centers were playing together. Howard could be suffocated in the paint, his scoring easily negated by painful turnovers.
Defensively, the value is obvious against bigger teams like Los Angeles, but so few teams play a pair of bruising scoring big men together that the improvement would be marginal at best. Can you imagine Dwight Howard or Omer Asik closing out on a stretch four? The duo simply would be duplicitous and likely ineffective.
Unless Asik suddenly becomes a mid-range extraordinaire under the tutelage of Kevin McHale, it is difficult to imagine the two playing together much. Unfortunately, the young big man who would appear to fit best with Howard, Donatas Motiejunas, would likely be in any deal with the Orlando Magic.
Obviously, this is speculation based on a pairing in which neither player is officially a Rocket yet, but it's food for thought. Feel free to give your take on the Asik-Howard pairing in the comments.
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Sources -- Orlando Magic Might Keep Dwight Howard For Now - ESPN
Don't read too much into Chris Broussard's report here. Though the Magic are right to wait for a deal that's "right for them," I find it difficult to imagine a scenario where Howard is a Magic at the start of training camp.
Analysis: Cavaliers Trade Rumors Seem To Be Hot Air At This point - news-herald.com
Word is starting to circulate that the CLE-ORL-LAL three-way rumors had no substance to them, and this report just adds credence to that line of thinking.
Jeremy Lin Exclusive: I Will Always Have Haters - San Jose Mercury News
Lin admits that Linsanity may have gotten to his head in Marcus Thompson II's interview with him.
Bulls Announce Hinrich Signing - chicagotribune.com
K.C. Johnson has the story on the Hinrich signing in Chicago, all but eliminating any chance that the Bulls will retain Omer Asik.
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A nice profile on Chris Finch and his role as coach of Great Britain's national basketball team. Definitely worth a read.
SecretRival: Daryl Morey And The Houston Rockets Roster
An interesting look at Daryl Morey's history with the Rockets and where the team stands today.
Damian Lillard And The Science Of Summer | Hardwood Paroxysm
A helpful reminder from Sean Highkin to temper your enthusiasm about great summer league debuts.
Baseline Awards: The Best And Worst Of Free Agency And Summer League - CBSSports.com
Matt Moore runs down the best and worst of the summer. Spoiler: The Rockets get a mention.
Video: Top 10 Plays From Vegas Summer League - CBSSports.com
The summer league is too much fun. A pair of Rockets' sightings here.
As always, weigh in and leave links to anything you think I missed in the comments.