Rockets GM Daryl Morey believes Marquese Chriss, Brandon Knight can be ‘optimized’ playing in Mike D’Antoni’s system
The Houston Rockets saw significant turnover on the roster this offseason, and Daryl Morey discussed the additions of Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight on Tuesday. Houston’s general manager believes that both of these players will see improvements in their game in Mike D’Antoni’s system.
D’Antoni’s offense emphasizes 3-pointers and shots at the rim with little emphasis on the mid-range. Chriss and Knight could be tailor-made for this style of play after coming over from the Phoenix Suns in a deal that sent Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton to Phoenix.
Morey said via Mark Berman of Fox 26 (KRIV):
“I think typical kind of acquisition we try to do. We feel like these guys have been in — they can be optimized in our system with Coach D’Antoni. Brandon is a guy who is a near-elite 3-point shooter and Marquese is a guy in Mike’s offense who can roll and finish at the rim and very athletic and we feel he’s underrated as well.”
Daryl Morey (@dmorey) on acquiring Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss: “Typical kind of transaction we try to do..They can be optimized in our system with Coach D’Antoni.” #Rockets pic.twitter.com/7SjaXKSNuC
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 11, 2018
Obviously, there are big question marks surrounding both players. Knight has not performed to his contract and Chriss has underwhelmed since being drafted in the lottery in 2016.
But Knight is a 35.7 percent shooter from deep for his career. Perhaps he ups that number with a bunch of open looks as the defense focuses on James Harden and Chris Paul. Knight could benefit from a lot of kick-outs as the defense collapses to stop a driving Harden.
Chriss, on the other hand, is super-athletic and a constant lob threat. If he can develop chemistry with Harden and Paul in the pick-and-roll, he could see a ton of easy looks at the rim.
There’s no guarantee that this trade works out for Houston, but Knight and Chriss have the potential to fit into D’Antoni’s system nicely.