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Saturday, August 17th, 2013 at 1:52 pm  |  36 responses

Rockets To Experiment With Dwight Howard at Power Forward


Rockets GM Daryl Morey said the Rockets will experiment with playing Dwight Howard at power forward to get Omer Asik extra minutes. Asik wanted to be a starter, and initially it was reported that Asik wanted out of Houston after Howard was acquired. Via Reddit: “Q: Daryl, how does Omer feel now about sharing the center position with Dwight? What sorts of conversations have McHale and you had in regards to potential concerns from both Omer and Dwight? A: Omer would prefer to be a starter and is certainly a starter+ quality player. That said, he is a winner first & likes being on a winning team. Q: Also, what are the chances we see Asik getting minutes as a power forward? A: Coach McHale plans to experiment with Dwight at PF and Omer as C in training camp. If it works and helps us win, obviously we would look at using it.”

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  • Caboose

    ……no.

  • MUBWAR

    he cant shoot so NO NO & NO

  • hoodsnake

    Makes the job on defense for opposing coaches so easy. *Scouting Report* HACK!!!!!!!

  • spit hot fiyah

    they would have to restructure their offense with that line up, unless howard has been working hard on his corner three

  • RKJ92

    Howard played some power forward in the beginning of his NBA career, I don’t necessarily like Dwight Howard at the power forward.. but I’m sure this could work if the necessary time is put in to Howard’s game, he just needs to develop the proper range, and spacing in order to succeed at the position. I don’t think Houston has anything to lose by doing this quite honestly.. it could POSSIBLY work out well, my hopes aren’t very high though lol.

  • theDankerNuggets

    definitely not surprised by this, he just doesn’t look comfortable with his back to the basket, I bet they will try to give him some looks slashing to the hoop, not sure if he’ll be more effective that way or not though

  • Ugh

    Apparently I’m the only one old enough to remember a time when power forwards didn’t shoot threes.

  • Ugh

    I like this idea.

    I like it because I like the nineties NBA more than I like the ‘teens NBA.

    I like line-ups that have a centre, two power forwards and a shooting guard and a token ball carrier.

    I like line-ups that will foul a player six times on a drive to the basket.
    Basically, I like the Ewing-Oakley-Mason-Starks Knicks and the Smits-Davis-Davis-Miller Pacers.
    They didn’t win the ring, of course. But boy they played slow and ugly, and that’s what I like.

    I am .1% of the NBA audience.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    daryl y u do dis

  • hoodsnake

    not…

  • shockexchange

    “Rent-A-Forward”? That doesn’t sound so hot.

  • W3

    lol

  • Max

    How about this trade: Asik for Ryan Anderson.
    The Pelicans (smh) get their center and have a nice starting lineup, the Rockets get one of the best stretch 4′s in the L next to Dwight and they can keep shooting all those 3′s.

  • danpowers

    co-sign

  • danpowers

    ask mark jackson how that works ;)

  • Nathan Shane Long

    people forget his first three years he played PF in Orlando and since PF is Houston weakest position it would be great to start Howard&Asik in the frontcourt

  • RKJ92

    I would rather have a younger Asik x30 (provides SOLID interior D, and above average rebounding, also less years on contract so he can be resigned for less if he ends up liking the Rockets after the next 2 years) over Ryan Anderson and his atrocious contract.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Co-co sign… It would interesting to see how that effects the small ball strech 4′s of the L.

  • The Seed

    Howard is already getting screwed. Howard is the suppose number two, but now Houston is wondered about Asik minutes. LOL

  • spit hot fiyah

    i’m definitely old enough to remember. and actually it would suffice to watch teams like the clippers, nuggets and grizzlies last year.
    my point was that houstons offense last season depended heavily on having a stretch four that could shoot the corner three. (at times persons, or t jones and patterson before the trade). therefor i said restructure their offense

  • Ugh

    Fair enough. TBH I can’t even remember who was playing PF for the Rockets last year, I’m all awash with Dwightsanity.

  • Ugh

    It seems to be a reaction to small ball. A few teams have seen how much trouble the Pacers gave the Heat and are clearly running with it.

    Seeing as this Rockets team has Hakeem and McHale, the low post game could return here in a big way. Which is prettay damn exciting, in my opinion.

  • spit hot fiyah

    and regarding 3 point shooting power forwards, they have been around for a long time. even in the early 90′s, they just were not featured as prominently as they are now. But guys like horry, ken norman, sam perkins, cliff robinson even kukoc were all basically stretch 4s that providing spacing. i guess the difference is they they were big, while today a lot of stretch 4s (or players that are used at stretch 4s but are actually 3s) are smaller guys like kawhi, gallo, and even parsons

  • Basketball Coach

    I’ll give this 2 games, heck 1 game, and back to Center position DH12

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • Ugh

    Weeeell… kind of. The “stretch 4″ is used to spread defence to allow slashing from the wings, but (early) Horry, Perkins and Terry Mills were used to take advantage of slow rotations in defence – they could hit the shot when they were open, but they weren’t really used to spread defences or open the lanes so much.

    Horry was what was then called ‘a tweener’, someone who wasn’t built like Karl Malone but wasn’t as good a ball handler as Scottie Pippen. Tweener-fever took off in the mid-nineties when Kukoc and Horry made impacts on offence and people still took Don Nelson seriously, but then that died after Joe Smith never really panned out into anything. The ‘stretch 4′ as we know it really didn’t take off until the early noughties.

    Kukoc was really only played at the four when Rodman wasn’t on the floor but Pippen was, which happened more often than the Bulls wanted… Dennis being Dennis. He was just a much bigger point forward than what the league was used to, a great ball handler and shooter who happened to be 6’11″. He got the crap beaten out of him when he played against traditional PFs and the Bulls avoided putting him at the four. (One of the great things about the triangle is, on offence, you don’t need traditional positions. On defence he was able to surf passing lanes with his long arms and fast hands, but what’s he going to do against Karl Malone?)

  • Trout

    I think if he could develop a decent mid range game shooting from 15 – 18 feet he would still be able top play back to basket and in the post as well it might work. Alas he doesn’t seem to posses a shooters touch and like most have pointed out he isn’t the greatest free throw shooter so I would try Asik as the 4 dwight at the 5.

  • initbruv

    Gonna take a while to type/say that name without pause lol.

  • mattchu

    this is good to see. the club showing loyalty to an average player.

  • Chris Callihan

    Consider me in the one% as well then

  • Chris Callihan

    The league goes in cycles. Teams will start to try to find a way to neutralize stretch 4′s (pounding them on the glass, scoring in the post), just the way teams adapted to the bruising 4′s and packing the paint, by using stretch 4′s. It’s the same way the nfl cycles, but the nfl changes quicker.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    This is a horrible idea. It would be less horrible on a team that doesn’t rely on spacing for its offense, but still horrible.
    .
    And no NBA teams have ever run lineups with 2 PF’s and a Center. Anthony Mason was a SF, even handled some point guard duties. And the Pacers never ran lineups of Smits-Davis-Davis.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ehhh Power Forward and Center combinations have never been successful when neither can hit anything outside 8 feet.

  • Madubbs

    Horrible Spacing + Dwight’s inability to improve his range or be consistent to atleast 12 feet having played in the league for almost a decade

  • danpowers

    i guess you directed that 2 PFs and Center correction at the comment below. to Ugh’s defense: anthony mason was more of a power forward playing point forward / small forward due to the knick’s needs and given his later carrer with the hornets and heat one could easily forget that this guy even used to run the point. also, a pacers front court with guys like mckey, davis² and smits didnt really look like it contained a small forward in todays definition of the position. same with the knicks with either mason or smith at the 3. that was just the golden age for rugged play fetishists *sigh*

    i doubt that this style of play could work in today’s nba but dont u think that a lineup with parsons, lin/beverly/brooks, harden around asik and howard could stretch the floor enough to give harden enough space for his pick n rolls with howard or drive+kick outs?

  • Busta213

    They now have a guy who can score 20ppg in the paint this year – there was always going to be some restructuring to their offense. I figure the spacing will have to come from the backcourt which may mean bad news for Lin.

  • Andrew

    i think its a good idea~ he and asik would be a great defensive move, let the guards run the fast break after rebounds~ Offensive rebounds would be up as well~ its hard to beat a team with bigs when the whole league is guard dominate.

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