If you are wondering if Dwight Howard and Omer Asik will work well together in a frontcourt, don’t go any further than asking Asik himself, as he has expressed his interest in playing elsewhere as a result of the acquisition of Howard.
The ideal counterpart for Howard in a frontcourt is a stretch forward who can space the floor with mid-range shooting. The Rockets are expected to start the season with Donatas Matiejunas at the power forward position because he is a guy who possesses the aforementioned skills. However, around the league the consensus seems to be that the Rockets could use an upgrade at the power forward position.
They may not need to look any further than a guy who was a Houston Rocket last year, in Patrick Patterson. Patterson’s ability to shoot the ball from mid-range, and even three-point range, would work nicely with Dwight in the post. James Harden would benefit as well as it would be easier for him to get to the basket.
The only problem is that Patterson is a Sacramento King. Rockets General Manager, Daryl Morey, is accustomed to working with the Sacramento Kings as they have made a flurry of deals in the past. Even with a new regime running the Kings, another deal may make a lot of sense.
Omer Asik and Terrence Jones for Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes, and Isaiah Thomas works salary-cap wise, as well as on the basketball court. Chuck Hayes provides the Rockets with big man depth and leadership while Isaiah Thomas can battle with Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverly, and rookie Isaiah Canaan for minutes at the point guard position.
Many Kings fans would be upset to see Isaiah Thomas leave, but it seems as though Pete D’alessandro and company want to start fresh with their own people. With Thomas out of the picture, minutes open up for Ray McCallum, who opened some eyes with his summer league performance. As far as Omer Asik goes, it is hard to find a better fit next to Demarcus Cousins in the entire NBA. Asik’s defensive and rebounding presence would take a lot of pressure off of the Kings’ troubled big man and let him focus on perfecting his offensive game - and attitude.
The Sacramento Kings may not compete for a playoff spot this season, but a big man rotation consisting of Cousins, Asik, and Jason Thompson is not only big, but scary.