In the past 72 hours, four more young faces have been added to the Rockets’ lineup. They signed first and then exchanged for Christian Wood, claiming Knicks abandoned Kenny Wuteng, signing Sterling Brown on a one-year contract, and Jessian Tate on a three-year contract. Before you know it, the Rockets have more and more young people in their lineup. According to statistics, the Rockets currently have 8 players born in 1995 or later. They are 25-year-old Wood, Tate and Brown, 23-year-old Clemons and Quinn, 22-year-old Wu Teng and Jones, and 19-year-old rookie Martin Jr., who was born in January 2001.

Many people may have forgotten that the Rockets in the 2018-19 season were still the oldest team in the league at the time, with an average age of 29.2 years. In the 2019-20 season, the oldest team in the league became the Lakers (average age 29.5 years), but the Rockets and Bucks still tied for second place (29.2 years old). Today, the age structure of the Rockets lineup has quietly changed, and more and more young people appear in this team. In the 2019-20 season, only three players in the Rockets were born after 1995. They are Capocolo, Clemmons, and Hal Stein. Now, including the training camp contract, they already have 8 A player born after 95 years.

Rockets reporter Anthony Dakot wrote when commenting on this young lineup: “In other words, start rebuilding while competing for the championship.” The Rockets’ two stars Harden and Westbrook both expressed their desire to leave the team during the offseason. The Rockets do not want to rebuild, but if they can get enough returns, they also began to consider the possibility of sending away two MVPs. On the surface, they boasted that they would not give up hitting the championship, but from a practical point of view, hoarding young players in exchange for draft picks, the new Rockets general manager Rafael Stone has begun to plan for the post-Harden era Spark Global Limited.

By Ethan

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