Football season is kicking off and while the NBA is off on vacation, we figured we’d have a little fun at TDS and imagine what a football team would look like if it was composed of Houston Rockets.
Today, we’ll look at the offensive side of the ball, and later in the week, we’ll look at defense.
Here’s what the offense would look like:
Quarterback - Charlie Ward
This decision was the easiest one on the whole roster. Ward, who played with the Rockets from 2004-05, literally played quarterback in his college days at Florida State. And he wasn’t just a quarterback, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1993, but elected for a career in basketball. It turned out well for Ward, whose career lasted for over a decade with New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Rockets.
Running back - John Wall, Russell Westbrook
We’ve got speed out of the backfield with two of arguably the fastest Rockets of all-time. Wall and Westbrook will always be connected after being traded for one another last year, but they come into the Rockets backfield as a “thunder and lightning” duo that will leave defenses in fits.
Wide receiver - Clint Capela, Moses Malone
As two of the greatest lob finishers in Rockets history, it’s only fitting to have Clint Capela and Moses Malone as our wide receivers. Capela, alongside James Harden, formed one of the most dynamic alley oop threats in the NBA. Malone, one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history, has a tendency to go up and get anything in the air, which will make for a dangerous receiver duo opposite Capela.
Tight end - Hakeem Olajuwon
As one of the most shifty Rockets in the post, The Dream is our starting tight end. I feel like there’s justification for Hakeem to go in any spot, but he’s slotted in here at tight end for his ability to make people miss and catch the ball in big moments.
Offensive tackles - Donatas Motiejunas, Terrence Jones
D-Mo and Terrence Jones have been compared with each other so often in their Rockets careers that it makes perfect sense to slot them in at each tackle position. Their size will make it difficult for pass rushes to make their way through and they’ll be able to protect Ward’s blindside.
Interior linemen - Chuck Hayes, P.J. Tucker, Usman Garuba
All of these guys can play guard or center on the court or the gridiron. Plus, they also have strengths in the post-up game, which is beneficial for our quarterback Charlie Ward in staying upright.
What do you think Red Nation? Who is your starting XI on offense? Chime off in the comments below!