Nov 30, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard (12) and guard James Harden (13) react against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half at the AT&T Center. Houston beat San Antonio 112-106. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets will appear 17 times on national TV this season, which ranks 7th among NBA teams.
The Chicago Bulls (25), L.A. Clippers (23), L.A. Lakers (20), Oklahoma City Thunder (25), San Antonio Spurs (19) and Golden State Warriors (19) lead the way.
Of course, according to Dwight Howard, this would be because the best 2-guard and best center in the league play in Houston. While this highly disputable fact is part of what makes the Rockets a draw, it’s also because Houston is a big market and it boasts a contending team.
Howard is not the popular player he was during his peak in Orlando, but he is still a draw. Harden is exciting in the open court, and the Rockets transition attack is fun to watch when it’s clicking. The Rockets are an exciting squad to watch; so fans around the country will be entertained to be sure.
It’s strange to see the NBA champion Spurs with only a tie for 5th in national TV appearances, but the ever-persistent “boring” label plagues a team that is actually one of the most entertaining. A team doesn’t have to boast an MVP candidate or a wealth of athletes to interest knowledgable basketball fans.
And this is the reigning champs…
But, I digress.
The two teams with the most appearances boast former MVP winners Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant. Rose’s comeback tour will rank among the best stories this season if it goes according to plan, and everyone likes watching Russell Westbrook and the Slim Reaper rip teams apart in tandem.
Let’s get that 2014-15 season here already!