Mike D’Antoni’s Magic Is Working Again with the Houston Rockets

December 15th, 2016 by Maurice Bobb Leave a reply »

Now that the Houston Rockets are flying high again—they boast a 19-7 record, are tied for third place in the Western Conference and average an NBA-leading 14.5 made three-pointers per game—it begs the question:

How does head coach Mike D'Antoni do it?

How did he get the high-scoring James Harden to move over to point guard and not only thrive, but also lead the league in assists at 11.7 per game?

How is he able to get the most out of role players like Clint Capela, Patrick Beverley and Ryan Anderson? How did he completely revitalize Eric Gordon and get him to buy in to a sixth-man role—to the point he's a legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidate?

Create a buffet.

Simply put, in D'Antoni's high-powered offense, everybody eats.

That's why the Rockets are now at a point where they can go out and get a season-high 40 assists on 50 field goals like they did against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

"I mean, that's how we've been playing the whole year," Beverley said. "Like I said, it's a big pie and everybody gets a little piece of it. When ...

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