As they often did last year, the Houston Rockets again appear poised to begin the 2019-20 season with a three-guard starting lineup.
According to The Athletic‘s Alykhan Bijani, Houston is prioritizing floor spacing around newly acquired guard Russell Westbrook, which could lead to Eric Gordon sticking with the starting five.
“A team source told The Athletic that Gordon is also very likely to start this season alongside [James] Harden and Westbrook,” Bijani writes in a film study analysis of how Westbrook could fit into the offense.
Gordon has averaged 16.8 points in 31.3 minutes per game across three seasons in Houston, including a 36.4% clip from three-point range. Last postseason, he shot 40% on three-pointers while also providing excellent perimeter defense in 11 playoff games against Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Golden State’s Klay Thompson.