Josh Cohen’s Analysis: Dwight Howard’s decision to partner with James Harden in Houston has changed the complexion of the Western Conference. It’s still a tad cloudy and indeterminate if any more alterations will be made, particularly as it relates to Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin.
Some thought Josh Smith was on their radar before he opted to agree to a deal with Detroit. Assuming the Rockets find a new home for Asik, who immediately stated he had no desire to play with Howard, the return in any trade may determine whether they will be a legit championship contender.
For now, however, Houston is a top five team in the West but probably not deep enough to challenge Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Memphis or the L.A. Clippers.
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