The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
The Houston Rockets haven't had the greatest amount of success in recent years. Last season was their first time of making the playoffs since the 2008-2009 season but they were bounced in the first round. This is after a promising start to the season with the duo of James Harden and Jeremy Lin leading the group. They've added another big name to that roster in an attempt to get over the hump and this season may be the time where the Rockets turn an important corner.
When looking at the new Rockets roster the first point to highlight is the addition of Dwight Howard. Coming off of a strong statistical season in Los Angeles, he received mounds of criticism for his decision to leave yet another organization. Landing in Houston he's given the city an amount of confidence that hasn't been seen in some time. His ability to rebound and defend will be a welcome addition for this unit who was already 7th last year in rebounds per game but were 28th in the league in points allowed.
Adding Howard with Lin and Harden creates an interesting three man dynamic for the Rockets. Harden is coming off of his best season season in the league which saw him nearly double is points and assists average per game. Lin's numbers were not as great but he is continuing to develop into a consist, game managing point guard which is important in this league. Chandler Parsons was another bright sport for the Rockets as he earned career highs in his young NBA tenure.
The Rockets have put together a core unit that has the potential to be a solid playoff team in the Western Conference. Unity through the tough parts of the season is important and right now the team is saying the right things. The Rockets are one of the teams to watch in the West as they can surprise many of the stalwarts in that conference.
Expected Starting Roster with 2012-2013 Stats
Jeremy Lin, PG: 13.4 PPG, 6.1 APG
James Harden, SG: 25.9 PPG, 5.8 APG
Chandler Parsons, SF: 15.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG
Greg Smith, PF: 6 PPG, 4.6 RPG
Dwight Howard, C: 17.1 PPG, 12.4 RPG
Expected Season Finish
6th in the Western Conference