|2012-13 Team Rating|
|6th Overall||16th Overall|
2012-13 Season Stats
It was a blockbuster summer as soon as the Rockets won the Dwight Howard sweepstakes and reeled in their next franchise player in the middle.
James Harden established himself as elite, Jeremy Lin could thrive with less attention and that tough nut Patrick Beverley gives the Rockets an attitude.
The Rockets added a three-time former Defensive Player of the Year in Howard and will protect the rim, but could still use help out there on the wings.
Will Omer Asik be happy in backup role? Veterans Marcus Camby, Aaron Brooks and Francisco Garcia will be and they know the ropes.
For two years Kevin McHale has done his best with a small ball roster. Now he's got his big man and that means the games and the stakes change dramatically.
After years spent chasing a franchise player, the Rockets came up with a pair of them in Harden and Howard in less than nine months and now have vaulted themselves into the conversation for the Western Conference title. If they can learn to develop chemistry, run the pick and roll and leave all the last-minute free throws to Harden, they'll challenge the Spurs and Thunder for the best 1-2 punch in the conference. However, they still need a solid power forward.
Howard craves a big season to put the negatives from last season with the Lakers behind him and the first step will be getting into the practice gym with McHale to work on those fundamentals in the low post. With a roster full of young talent -- Harden, Chandler Parsons, Lin, Beverley -- the Rockets should be contending for a title, if not this season, then very soon.
-- Fran Blinebury
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||B+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||C|
|New Orleans Pelicans||C-|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||B+|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|