Why Houston Rockets Will Be Better Next Season

July 27th, 2013 by Kyle Ramos Leave a reply »

Last summer, the Houston Rockets roster consisted of some quality talent but even more confusion. 

The biggest moves for Houston in the 2012 offseason consisted of signing Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, while also bringing in rookies Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones through the draft. Even with these new acquisitions, it appeared to be another season in the middle of the road for the Rockets.

Fast forward to July 2013 and things are a lot different in Houston. One blockbuster trade and one blockbuster free agent signing later and the Rockets have made the jump from just another playoff team to legitimate contender in less than a year.

Just before the start of last season, Houston completed a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder that was centered around a sixth man wanting to spread his wings, James Harden. In OKC, Harden was a crucial player but knew that he would never overtake Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook as the best player on the team. In Houston, Harden was given the chance to be the go-to guy and delivered this past season.

Harden had a breakout season where he averaged 25.9 po ...

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