Originally Posted by RidonKs
17. Rafer Alston is tremendously underrated by Rockets fans. And I really mean this. It’s just ridiculous. The guy has been playing really well this year, shooting the ball well (37% from three), driving the lane, making the right decisions (2 TO’s), creating (5 assists), and disrupting lanes with his defense (almost 2 steals). I know he’s a below average defender, but for what he brings to the table on offense, he’s worth it. I hate constantly hearing how bad he is and how much the Rockets need a new starting PG. Address your PF position before you start saying you need to replace Alston. The guy’s a fine player, and it’s ridiculous how much he gets hated on by his own team’s fans. Kind of like Smush actually. Smush is easily worse than Rafer, but he’s still hated on more than he should be by Laker fans.
The Rockets do need a starting PG. Rafer shoots the ball great from 3 point land, but anywheres he is a liability.
He is afraid of contact, therefore he throws like 4 or 5 floaters every game, and most of the time he misses. He isn't very efficient from anywheres else, BUT the three point line, and at times he shoots like 10 in one game. There is those times, he comes up the court and just jacks up a three for no reason. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Rafer, but his decision making pisses me off many times. He does take care of the ball, but at the end of games, he is a bit mistake prone, which is irritating to watch. I give him credit for stuff he does do, but Rafer is best suited as a back up point guard, and to be honest, I'm more content with our PF rotation then our PG rotation.
The Rockets have to focus on getting a freakin starting PG, not a PF. For now, Juwan and Chuck do enough to cover our liabilities at PF, but at PG, well we have Rafer playing more minutes than I would like to see him played, and then our back-up, Luther Head, seems contagious to make a basic fundamental pass, and another thing, he struggles against full court pressure.
I like Rafer, I really do, and I've tried to defend him every once in a while. Go to clutchfans.net boards, and boy do you see constant Rafer bashing. Seriously though, Rafer is on pace for the following, and I don't think this is something to be proud off:
Originally Posted by Clutch
Rafer Alston, in his first ever Rocket season in 2005-06, set the franchise mark for lowest field goal percentage at this many shots or higher. That season Rafer put up 738 shots at a 37.9% clip ... at a minimum of 300 shots taken, that was the 7th worst output in franchise history but the single worst at that many shots or more.
After going 5-13 last night, Rafer surpassed his own mark and is now at 744 shots at a 37.4% clip. 300 shots or more, that's the 5th worst output in franchise history but again the single worst at that many shots or more.
Eddie Griffin's rookie season of 666 shots at 36.6% and Art Williams' 718 shots at 36.9% in the 1967-68 San Diego Rockets opening season -- both as 22-25 minute bench players -- are benchmarks in Rocket crapulence, but neither shot the ball enough to truly call themselves Rafer-caliber.
No Rocket has ever shot this many shots and shot this poorly. Ever.
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