Jan 26, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets are in good shape no matter how the season turns out. Of course, the clear cut goal is to make the playoffs and enter that upper echelon of the tough Western Conference. The young talented roster would gain valuable playoff experience which will, hopefully, catapult them into a great 2013-2014 season.
However, there is a very good possibility that Houston could wind up sitting at the 9th seed barely missing the post season, again. Daryl Morey and the gang will be left with the very familiar 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft, which in recent years he has done wonders with. Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris are two examples. Both players are contributing greatly to the team right now and also have potential to be good quality power forwards in this league.
The Rockets are set up for making a splash in free agency as well. They have enough cap space to sign a big time player to a max contract. Players like Chris Paul, Josh Smith, Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap, and David West. Before Houston spends major money on a major player, Chandler Parsons deserves a contract extension. Averaging 14.1 points, 3.6 assists, and 5.8 rebounds so far in his second year speaks for itself. He was a leader the moment he stepped into the locker room and I expect him to grow into a great player.
In the NBA, anything could happen. There’s a new trade rumor for a new player every single day. The Houston Rockets are talented and deep enough to pull off a blockbuster trade. The team doesn’t seem like they’re going to make a deal at the deadline this season so they have multiple options during the offseason. Patterson, Morris, and Greg Smith have shown that they can play in this league and are valuable trade chips. Rookies Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas, and Royce White don’t have much experience but their cheap contracts and potential could also help sweeten a deal.
Playoffs or not, the Houston Rockets will have a lot to look forward to this offseason. They will be active in every aspect of the wheelin’ and dealin’ process.
So while they currently sit at the 8th seed, the Rockets are in perfect position to strike.