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The Locked On Rockets Podcast, hosted by Houston native and credentialed media member Jackson Gatlin, is the BEST and ONLY daily (Mon-Fri) Houston Rockets basketball podcast. Every day Jackson shares the latest news, speculation and analysis on Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, Jabari Smith Jr., Kevin Porter Jr., Jae'Sean Tate, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, the Draft, Free Agency and the rest of the NBA. Previous guests include former Rockets Matt Bullard and Vernon Maxwell, legendary broadcaster Bill Worrell, current players Armoni Brooks, Jae'Sean Tate and more.

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NBA Stock Watch! Rockets Jabari Smith, Tari Eas...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) plays NBA Stock Watch: Summer League edition, which features BUYING, SELLING, or HOLDING stock of players after their Summer League performances. Jackson starts with the Houston Rockets (Jabari Smith, Tari Eason, Josh Christopher and more) before moving into the other top prospects from the 2022 NBA Draft like Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, etc.
34 min
Jae'Sean Tate Rockets 5th Starter? Stephen Sila...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses a nugget of information Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas shared to Sports 610 Radio's Adam Spolane in an exclusive interview during Summer League about his plans next season regarding Jae'Sean Tate, Alperen Sengun, and the minutes they play together. Pros and cons of Tate as the possible starter for Houston + ranking the five best defenders on the Rockets roster.
34 min
Tari Eason Earns All-Summer League First Team, ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) shares takeaways from the Houston Rockets final NBA Summer League game, including Tari Eason being named to the All-Summer League First Team, Jabari Smith looking like he has the ability to be a defensive anchor for Houston moving forward, TyTy Washington being both comfortable on AND off-ball, Daishen Nix continuing to be aggressive and more.
30 min
Jabari Smith Shot Creation!? TyTy Washington Fa...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets fourth NBA Summer League game against the Portland Trailblazers, where Jabari Smith had his most impressive offensive performance, showing off playmaking, individual shot creation and ability to draw fouls, TyTy Washington facilitating at a high level in transition, concerns about Tari Eason's energy over the course of a game and adjusting to NBA pace, Daishen Nix free throw woes and more.
29 min
Tari Eason Best Rookie So Far? Daishen Nix Vs. ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Clutchfans.net founder Dave Hardisty (@clutchfans) to discuss the first three games of Houston Rockets Summer League, how impressive Jabari Smith and Tari Eason have looked so far, any concerns that stand out about their games, should fans be higher or lower on Josh Christopher after his SL performance, the ongoing debate between Daishen Nix and TyTy Washington for the backup point guard role and more.
37 min
Should The Houston Rockets Trade For Donovan Mi...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Josh Christopher being shut down for the remainder of Houston Rockets NBA Summer League with right hip soreness and what that means for the other guards on the roster, how unfortunate it is that we didn't get to see Usman Garuba perform due to injury, but a silver lining in his favor moving forward, should the Rockets be in play for Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, and a way-to-early look at Houston's wing depth and roster crunch for next season.
34 min
Jabari Smith & Tari Eason CLAMP CITY As Houston...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets third NBA Summer League game against the San Antonio Spurs, where Houston gave up 34 points in the second quarter, but rallied in the second half winning the game by shutting down the San Antonio offense and allowing only 30 second half points. Jabari Smith's best SL game so far + communication and presence on defense, Tari Eason continues to show out attacking the glass, thriving offensively, and he's easily becoming a fan (and media) favorite, Daishen Nix with another strong game showing exactly why he is the point guard for this group and more.
33 min
Jabari Smith Jr. Aggressive On Offense & Defens...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Jabari Smith Jr. and the Houston Rockets 90-88 win against Chet Holmgren and the OKC Thunder in their second NBA Summer League game. Jabari's aggressiveness on offense and defense, continuing to shoot despite missing and impacting the game defensively, Tari Eason beasting on the boards and in transition, TyTy Washington with the pretty floater game + playmaking, Daishen Nix bouncing back after a tough game against Orlando, Josh Christopher scoring at the rim AND getting rebounds/assists this time around and more.
29 min
Jabari Smith Offensive Involvement? Houston Roc...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to and discusses the Houston Rockets first NBA Summer League game against the Orlando Magic, featuring Jabari Smith Jr. vs. Paolo Banchero. Houston's offensive struggles, not overreacting to "bad" games from Jabari or Daishen Nix, Tari Eason feasting on the glass and playing with energy, TyTy Washington's creation ability, Josh Christopher being an absolute bucket and more.
27 min
Guest: Jabari Smith Jr.'s Auburn Coach Bruce Pe...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by special guest Bruce Pearl (@coachbrucepearl) Head Coach of Auburn Tiger's Men's Basketball, to discuss Jabari Smith Jr. becoming a member of the Houston Rockets,, Jalen Green *almost* making it to Auburn and scouting him out in California, what it was like coaching Jabari, his unique talent as a player and incredible work ethic, the intangibles he brings to the table, addressing concerns over Smith's handle, explaining how Auburn prepares players to succeed in college AND the NBA, Jabari's ability as a vocal leader and more.
21 min
Houston Rockets Summer League Expectations For ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by the Podfather and Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss Houston Rockets 2022 NBA Summer League expectations for the new draftees Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, and TyTy Washington, as well as returning players Daishen Nix, Josh Christopher, and Usman Garuba. Then, the two speculate on the current state of the Kevin Durant trade request saga and how the Rockets have maximum leverage as a possible third-team trade partner.
43 min
Houston Rockets Summer League Questions: Jabari...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses FIVE important questions for the Houston Rockets heading into NBA Summer League 2022, focusing on things like the recent draftees Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, and TyTy Washington and the roles that they will play, as well as returning names such as Daishen Nix, Josh Christopher, and Usman Garuba and the expectations for these "veterans" on the roster.
25 min
Houston Rockets Hire New Assistant Coaches: Mah...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Rockets hiring three new assistant coaches for Stephen Silas' staff, including the homegrown Mahmoud Abdelfattah, who has been with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers since 2018, Lionel Hollins who was the head coach in Memphis during the "Grit n' Grind" era Grizzlies, and Mike Batiste who has had prior assistant coaching stints with the Hornets and Magic, followed by going over the familiar names on Houston's Vegas Summer League Roster, highlighting two-way player Trevor Hudgins, then reacting to the official jersey numbers for Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, and TyTy Washington.
30 min
Houston Rockets Free Agency, Jae'Sean Tate Re-s...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the day of NBA Free Agency news, headlined by the BOMBSHELL news that Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets and how that impacts Houston and the Brooklyn Nets picks owned for the next five years, the Rockets re-signing Jae'Sean Tate to an incredibly team friendly deal, and the winners (Knicks, Wolves & Sixers) and losers (Pistons & Mavericks) of NBA free agency so far.
36 min
Houston Rockets Free Agency: Jae'Sean Tate Cont...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets declining the final year on Jae'Sean Tate's contract with the intention of signing him to a new deal and the reasons as to why they made this decision THIS offseason as opposed to holding off until next offseason, followed by diving into five possible free agency targets for the team to pursue in order to strengthen their center position.
33 min
Houston Rockets PA Announcer Jonathan Sanford D...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Houston Rockets PA Announcer Jonathan Sanford (@TheJSanford) to discuss his career, joining the Rockets organization, the behind-the-scenes of working as the public address announcer, favorite moments from his first season in Houston, excitement about the future of the Rockets franchise after adding Jabari Smith Jr. to the young core of Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun and more.
42 min
Houston Rockets Buyout John Wall Contract + Bro...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the news that the Houston Rockets and John Wall have agreed to a contract buyout, allowing Wall to pursue his next opportunity with the LA Clippers, followed by diving into the latest Brooklyn Nets Pick Watchâ„¢ with Kyrie Irving opting IN to the player option of his contract, which still leaves the possibility on the table of Irving being traded or Kevin Durant requesting out before running it back one more season. Lastly, KJ Martin's role moving forward in light of his recent front office discussion about a possible trade request.
34 min
Houston Rockets 2022 NBA Draft Grades For Jabar...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) provides grades for each one of the Houston Rockets selections in the 2022 NBA Draft (Jabari Smith Jr. #3, Tari Eason #17, TyTy Washington #29) before diving into TyTy Washington's player profile discussing strengths, weaknesses, possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more. Lastly, Jackson places his predictions for the jersey numbers they newest members of the Rockets will wear, since 3, 10, and 13 are all currently unavailable.
33 min
Rockets HUGE Draft Night: Jabari Smith Jr. FALL...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to and evaluates the Houston Rockets SHOCKING 2022 NBA Draft night, including Paolo Banchero going No. overall to the Orlando Magic allowing the consensus No. 1 overall prospect Jabari Smith Jr. to fall all the way to Houston at pick three, Tari Eason being available at pick 17, and the Rockets trading BACK from pick 26 to pick 29 to acquire Tyty Washington and two future second-round picks, How Smith and Eason immediately add much needed defense, size and versatility to this Rockets team, General Manager Rafael Stone's immediate reactions to acquiring these players and more.
32 min
2022 NBA Draft Preview: Will The Houston Rocket...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses final thoughts heading into the 2022 NBA Draft, concerns about what could happen at the top of the draft with the Vegas odds shifting so dramatically in the past few days, Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers reported interest in Eric Gordon and how that could turn into a draft night deal, lastly John Wall opting into the final year of his deal (as expected) and how his buyout impacts the Rockets timeline.
30 min
Nic Claxton Houston Rockets Free Agency Target?...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Rockets reportedly planning to use free agency to fulfill a need at backup center behind Alperen Sengun and the pros/cons behind pursuing a guy like the Brooklyn Nets' Nic Claxton, followed by diving into Draft Profiles for New Zealand's Ousmane Dieng and Baylor's Jeremy Sochan, highlighting their strengths, weaknesses, possible NBA comps, how their skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
31 min
KJ Martin Trade Request!? + Latest Houston Rock...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to and discusses the report that KJ Martin has discussed the possibility of a trade with the Houston Rockets front office and what that means for his role moving forward, how this news arriving just days before the NBA Draft could actually be really beneficial should Houston look to package Martin with one of pick 17 or 26 to move up in the draft, Lionel Hollins' name being mentioned as a possible assistant coaching candidate, latest NBA Draft rumors including OKC's supposed interest in Paolo Banchero + what the Rockets may do with picks 17 and 26, then lastly Jackson dives into Nikola Jovic's Draft Profile, highlighting strengths (playmaking) and weaknesses (efficiency, defense), possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
30 min
Ultimate NBA Mock Draft 2022: Picks 1-6 With Ra...
41 min
Paolo Banchero pre-NBA Draft Media Availability...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks shares Paolo Banchero's pre-NBA Draft Media Availability, in which Banchero discusses his Houston Rockets interview and workout, possible fit with Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., what makes Houston such an exciting possibility for him ahead of the Draft, who he has spoken to within the Rockets organization, possibility of playing for head coach Stephen Silas and more. Following the availability, Jackson discusses a couple key takeaways + covers a couple of the latest reports on the Rockets regarding locker room concerns from NBA agents about KPJ and Jae'Sean Tate's newly developed three-ball.
28 min
Houston Rockets TRADE Christian Wood To Dallas ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to the Houston Rockets trading Christian Wood to the Dallas Mavericks for Pick 26 in the 2022 NBA Draft + Boban Marjanovic, Marquese Chriss, Trey Burke and Sterling Brown. Immediate benefits of trading Wood, options with pick 26 to trade UP or OUT of this year's draft, implications of not taking back long-term salary and more.
25 min