The Orlando Magic’s Serge Ibaka was put on the trade block earlier in the season.
The Houston Rockets are one of the teams looking to add Ibaka’s services to their team. This season, Ibaka is averaging 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. Ibaka was named to the All-Defensive team three times in his career.
The Rockets currently have three power forwards on their roster. Ryan Anderson, who they acquired in free agency this past offseason. Montrezl Harrell, who the Rockets drafted two seasons ago. Lastly, Chinanu Onuaku, who they brought from the D-League earlier in the season. Ibaka is averaging more than each of these power forwards.
Rockets All-Star James Harden is currently happy with the roster that the Rockets have.
“I love what we have…love it,” said Harden. “From top to bottom, we have depth. You can throw any guy in there and they know their role; that’s important. I’m going to ride with these guys for sure.”
Harden and Ibaka played together for three seasons while they were both with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets could use a player of Ibaka’s defensive and rebounding acumen. The Rockets are currently giving up 108 points per game, which is sixth worst currently in the NBA.
This addition of Ibaka could make the Rockets more competitive against the Golden State Warriors. Ibaka is a face-up type power forward, but can also play defense. Anderson is a player like Ibaka, but doesn’t play defense like Ibaka.
Could the Houston Rockets use a player like Ibaka? I say, yes!