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Houston Rockets Team Overview
2012-13 record: 45-37
Third place, Southwest Division
Lost in first round to OKC

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Round: 2

Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas of Strength
The Rockets can run and run and run and run and run. And when they're done with that, they'll run some more. With the ability of James Harden, Chandler Parson and Jeremy Lin to attack the basket and also put up a barrage of 3-point shots with good accuracy, coach Kevin McHale eschews his tendency for low post play and goes with his team's strengths. They ranked 6th in the league in offensive efficiency this season and are never out of games with their relentless attacking style.

Needs Work
Though their No. 1 offseason priority is the pursuit of free agent center Dwight Howard, the hole in the Rockets' lineup is at the power forward spot, where they could use size to defend and gobble up rebounds at one end and somebody to get down there in the paint to root around for the tough baskets on offense.

Two Stats That Matter
11 -- The number of players on the season-ending roster who are under 25, making the Rockets the youngest team in the NBA and full of great potential.

792 -- League leading number of free throws attempted by James Harden, who set a franchise record and led the resurgent Rockets offense with his attacking style.

The Way To Go
This will go against the franchise party line for the summer, but the best result for the Rockets could be losing out on the Dwight Howard Sweepstake and "settling" for a door prize like Paul Millsap to play power forward while the veritable bargain Omer Asik continues to be the rim protector they need and develops his offensive skills in the paint.

2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 106.0 (2nd)
Defensive: 102.5 (28th)

Under Contract
G/F: Francisco Garcia
G: James Harden
C: Omer Asik
G: Jeremy Lin
F: Thomas Robinson
G/F: Carlos Delfino
G: Aaron Brooks
F: Royce White
F: Terrence Jones
F: Donatas Motiejunas
F: Chandler Parsons
C: Greg Smith
G/F: James Anderson
G: Patrick Beverley
F: Tim Ohlbrecht

Free Agents
None

Recent Draft History
2012: Jeremy Lamb (12), Royce White(16), Terrence Jones (18)
2011: Marcus Morris (14), Nikola Mirotic (23), Chandler Parsons (38)
2010: Patrick Patterson (14)
2009: None
2008: Nicolas Batum (25), Marty Leunen (54)


-- Fran Blinebury