NBA Roundtable

Rockets Sign Pops Mensah-Bonsu

In Free Agency on August 21, 2009 at 8:43 am reports

The Houston Rockets have reached a verbal agreement on a contract with British free agent Pops Mensah-Bonsu, a television station reported.Mensah-Bonsu, a forward who split time between San Antonio and Toronto last season, told KRIV-TV in Houston that it feels good to be a Rocket.

Nice signing for the Rockets.

Houston’s Big Men

The Rockets now have six big men for next season

  • Luis Scola
  • Carl Landry
  • David Andersen
  • Chuck Hayes
  • Joey Dorsey
  • Pops Mensah-Bonsu

Luis Scola and David Anderson will likely be the Rockets two starting big men. I think there’s a good chance Anderson is only a 20 minute a type of starter though, with Scola and Hayes likely splitting the rest of the minutes at center. Carl Landry will be their first big off the bench and he’ll be used alongside Scola whenever the Rockets need a bit more punch to their lineup.

I think Joey Dorsey will be their fifth big in the rotation, or at least I hope he will be, with Pops acting as the sixth big and rarely seeing court time.

Houston Rockets

All things considered — the loss of Yao Ming to injury, the loss of Ron Artest to free agency, and the ongoing recovery from injury by Tracy McGrady — the Rockets are in great shape entering next season.

They’re going to be a pain in the backside to play against. A top defensive team, likely still top five overall, who’ll play a tough grind it out style of basketball. They weren’t be many easy games down in Houston next season.

  1. Dave,

    As I made mention yesterday on Hoops Addict, I have a healthy level of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for those running the Rockets’ operation, when it comes to fielding a highly competitive team each and every season.

    Another good add for Daryl Morey & Co.

  2. Khandor,

    I’m very impressed with Daryl Morey + the Rockets too.

    They’ve done a sensational job of evaluating + acquiring cheap talent since Morey came on board. Morey has made very good use of a wide variety of opportunities available to him through the Draft, Free Agency, and the Trade Market. Plus, for three straight off-seasons in a row he’s made moves which have helped improve his team which unfortunately not too many GM’s can claim.

    Morey has been outstanding so far.

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