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Houston

Rockets

Southwest

2012-13 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
104.5103.9
9th Overall20th Overall
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Stats through Jan. 22

W

22

L

21

PCT

.512

GB

10.5

CONF

7-16

DIV

3-7

HOME

14-7

ROAD

8-14

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
In his first year as a starter, Omer Asik is a virtual double-double machine. Chandler Parsons is still an unrefined, uncontrolled talent and Patrick Patterson must not be afraid to rebound.

C

BckCourt
James Harden was as welcome as air conditioning in a Houston summer for the way he came and took over as the main man. Jeremy Lin shows flashes that make his inconsistency more frustrating.

B+

Defense
To paraphrase the famous line from The Wild Ones, "We don't need no stinkin' defense." The Rockets give good lip service night after night, but rarely get up in faces and shut anyone down.

D

Bench
Toney Douglas and Carlos Delfino have had their moments to shine. Greg Smith has been the poster boy for the NBA D-League. Keep an eye on little-used Donatas Motiejunas down the line.

B

Coaching
Nobody in the NBA has had to battle the hardship of Kevin McHale, who lost daughter Sasha in November. It's been a struggle to keep heads above water with the youngest roster in the NBA.

B

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C

Summary

The Rockets want to play every game with the urgency of a fire drill. The trouble is that with the youngest team in the league, their helter-skelter, fastest-pace-in-the-league style often makes it appear that the house is burning down. Too often they don't think before they shoot. They shoot way too many 3-pointers. And they frequently take stretches of games off.

For a franchise that has been mired in the middle of the standings, been the last team to miss the playoffs and mind-numbingly boring for the past three seasons, this Phoenix Suns Lite approach perhaps makes sense from an entertainment point of view, but hasn't really improved the Rockets when it comes to wins and losses.

There is no question that the acquisition of Harden and the free-agent signing of Asik gives them a nice 1-2 combination upon which to build for the future. However, it remains to be seen if Lin can take his game to the next level as a top flight offensive leader and distributor on a consistent basis. This is a bunch that is far too careless with the ball, evidenced by the fact that they dubiously lead the league in committing turnovers.

More than anything, right now the Rockets need somebody at the power forward spot who can gobble up rebounds, especially on the offensive glass, and block shots or be a stretch shooter.

They're a team that's made strides for the future, but still lacks the smarts and consistency in the present.

-- Fran Blinebury

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing