Fantasy Basketball and A Close Up of the Houston Rockets

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The Houston Rockets are off to a solid start in the 2013-2014. Despite the injuries of James Harden and Jeremy Lin plus the issues with Omer Asik, the team has a 13-5 winning record. Houston currently holds the sixth seed in the West, but they could emerge towards the top in a few days or weeks.

Dwight Howard is starting to become consistent. Superman seems to have found his role in the offensive rotation and he is delivering almost every night, especially now that Asik’s role is downsized. Howard is averaging 16.7 PPG, 12.4 RPG and 1.94 BPG. He is leading the team in field goal percentage with 56.6%, but his free-throw percent is still low, 54%. He certainly can do better, fantasy-wise, but any fantasy owner knows that D-12 will deliver and that’s essential.

Harden, on the other hand, apparently hasn’t been affected fantasy-wise from the presence of Howard. Some analysts believed that with the addition of Dwight Howard, Harden would see less shot attempts and thus his scoring would go down. On the contrary, Harden is leading the Rockets in scoring with 23.6 PPG on a 45 FG% and 32.2 3P%. The 24-year old guard is also averaging 5.6 APG and 4.6 RPG and he is considered as one of the best fantasy players in the league and for any owner. His recent injuries were an issue, but once he gets things going, he will be unstoppable.

Chandler Parsons is performing slightly better than expected. He is averaging 17.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 3.9 APG. He is also shooting very well from the field, 53.2 percent and 39 percent from long range. Parsons is definitely and emerging All-Star and a solid fantasy pickup for any team.

Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverly are the two surprises for Houston this season. The point guard duo is playing very efficiently up to this point of the season. In fact, in some games, either Lin or Beverly have exploded for huge performances. Lin is averaging 15.3 PPG to go along with 4.5 APG in 30.1 MPG. He is also shooting 50.3 percent from the floor and 39 percent from downtown.

Beverly on the other hand is averaging 9.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG and 2.3 APG in 30.5 MPG. He is shooting 40.5 from the field and 36.5 percent from three-point range. His numbers might not cause jaws to drop, but he is a nice little addition to any fantasy team, coming in an affordable price.

Terrence Williams, Omri Casspi and Francisco Garcia complete a very capable supporting cast for Kevin McHale. Jones is currently averaging 10.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 4.6 APG and he has filled in perfectly for Asik. Casspi can be considered as a sleeper this season. With 8.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG and 3.5 APG in 21.2 MPG he has definitely made some fantasy owners happy. Casspi is shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 41.2. Almost any player of the supporting cast from Houston has proved that he can catch fire, when given the chance and that he can deliver big time for the team, when it’s needed.

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