Rockets’ new rookie class could win more quickly than previous one

Rockets coach Stephen Silas took his place on the stage with 20-year-old TyTy Washington to his left, 21-year-old Tari Eason one chair over.

After starting last season, his second in Houston, with five teenaged rookies, Silas might have noticed the Rockets were giving him relative mature rookies along with the teen headliner, Jabari Smith Jr.

Silas did not need to be reminded, however, that added up to eight first- or second-year players on the Rockets’ roster. The investment is about years to come.

“It’s exciting, first and foremost,” Silas said. “We’ve done a great job, obviously, putting two drafts together that are filled with two really, really talented guys. The challenge comes when you’re talking about five guys who were 20 years old last year, started the year off 19, and then we’re adding three more.”

As much as Silas has embraced the development goals, winning more often sounds nice. The players the Rockets introduced Friday each made a point to say that was the only goal that would matter to them.

The Rockets’ ownership of the NBA’s worst record in each of the past two seasons, however, demonstrated that rebuilding has a way of shifting immediate goals.

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