Analysis: While McDaniels may not have been the most efficient Houston player this summer, he did serve as the Rockets' leading scorer throughout summer league play. Last season, however, the two-year vet tallied just 2.4 points per contest. McDaniels has certainly demonstrated his ability to produce at the NBA level, but with Houston's depth at the guard slot it is difficult to project exactly how he fairs. With James Harden and Eric Gordon figuring to dominate the ball offensively, McDaniels may be of little help come October.
Analysis: Houston's 2015 first-round draft pick appeared in just three games for the Rockets during the 2015-16 campaign before undergoing back surgery in November. Even though this marked Dekker's second summer league, many close to the Rockets were eager to see how the 6-foot-9 forward would perform in his return to action. It's safe to assume that Dekker exceeded expectations, especially in regards to his shooting. Dekker knocked down 39 percent of his threes and shot 54 percent from the floor. With Dwight Howard no longer in the mix, someone will have to replace his production. While Dekker obviously won't contribute at center, the trickle-down effect of Howard's departure, as well as that of Terrence Jones, could yield some minutes to Dekker.
Analysis: Coming off of a pair of productive seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15, injuries limited Jones to just 50 games, as he finished with averages of 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting a career-low 45.2 percent from the floor. The 24-year-old remains a relatively high-upside piece, however, and he'll have a chance to reestablish himself in New Orleans, which doesn't have a ton of depth at either forward spot.
Analysis: The Rockets combatted the offseason departure of Dwight Howard by adding former Pelicans Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson to the roster, and will further attempt to secure the future of their franchise by keeping their star player in the fold through his prime years. Harden, 26, had two years remaining on his prior deal with the club, but the restructured contract will now keep him on the books through at least the 2019-20 season. Though last season was a disappointing one for the Rockets, Harden's production didn't suffer, as he led the NBA in minutes and posted career-best averages of 29.0 points and 7.5 assists per contest.
Analysis: Howard largely struggled this past season, seeing his lowest offensive numbers since his rookie season with 13.7 points per game. Howard and James Harden appeared to clash both on and off the hardwood, so it seems unlikely he'll return to Houston despite both parties leaving the option open. With that being said, Howard's defensive capabilities remain one of the better options in the league, meaning the 30-year-old center should receive a ton of attention on the open market.
Analysis: Back issues limited Dekker to only three games as a rookie, but he tweeted Monday that he's '100% cleared 100% healthy with zero restrictions.' That certainly bodes well for Dekker as he enters his first full NBA offseason with the expectation that he'll be ready to be a regular contributor off the bench in 2016-17. Dekker also noted that he'll play for the Rockets' entry in the Las Vegas Summer League, an event his ailing back forced him to miss last summer.
Analysis: The rookie had a disappointing season while dealing with recurring back issues which limited his on-court appearances to just three. The fact that he won't need a second surgery on his back is certainty good news, but even good health for the 2016-17 season doesn't guarantee the former Wisconsin standout playing time with Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, and K.J. MacDaniels already under contract for next season.
Analysis: Brewer entered the starting lineup in the Rockets' Game 1 loss, but after going just 1-for-8 from the field over 28 minutes in that contest, he ended up settling back into a bench role for the final four games of the series, with Donatas Motiejunas taking back his spot on the top unit. After thriving with the Rockets when he came over as a trade deadline acquisition last season, Brewer seemed to fall out of favor in the first year of the three-year, $24 million extension he signed with the team in July. During the regular season, Brewer saw his playing time drop by a full eight minutes from his 24-game run with the Rockets in 2014-15, and shot a paltry 38.4 percent from the field while suiting up in all 82 games. Brewer still profiles as a useful rotation cog due to his ability to play tough perimeter defense and knock down three-point shots, but now that he's 30 years old, it looks like he could be entering the decline phase of his career.
Analysis: After logging 20 minutes in the Rockets' Game 1 blowout loss, McDaniels played only 14 combined minutes in the other four games of the series, ceding most of his court time to Michael Beasley. McDaniels periodically entered the Rockets' rotation for a few stretches of the campaign, but was never able to establish himself as a full-time option under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, finishing the regular season with averages of 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.4 minutes across just 37 appearances.
Analysis: Terry guaranteed a Rockets win prior to the game, but he was one of the bigger culprits in the blowout loss, during which the team shot a combined 32.6 percent from the field. The 38-year-old will become a free agent this offseason, and while he should earn an invite to training camp for some team if he elects to keep his career going, it's unlikely that he'd be anything more than a deep reserve for any squad. He offers more as a positive presence in the locker room than he does on the court these days.