There is nothing wrong with the Houston Rockets dreaming big, however, sometimes goals are just too far from reality.
Coming up short this summer in free agency, the expectations for the Houston Rockets are pretty low. Even diehard fans are coming into the season with low expectations.
As the uncertainty of the Houston Rockets continues to loom, there is one player in particular who’s expectations have seceded all. According to James Herbert of CBS Sports, Patrick Beverley expects an MVP year for James Harden. As well as a trip to next season’s NBA Finals.
"“Beverley and the Rockets endured a difficult, bordering on the disastrous season last year. After reaching the Western Conference finals the year before, they went 41-41 and barely qualified for the playoffs. Their defense was five full points per 100 possessions worse than in 2014-15, and it wasn’t because they had less talent. They just didn’t play with consistent focus or energy. Their best player, James Harden, was a part of the problem, and he was left off of the All-NBA teams despite great individual stats. Going into next season, Beverley expects Harden to win Most Valuable Player and Houston to make the NBA Finals, .” via Basketball Insiders’ Oliver Maroney"
It’s no secret that James Harden is the Houston Rockets best player. Including Houston’s success which falls on the shoulders of Harden. However to say Harden will win MVP, as well as a trip to the Finals? Sounds a little delusional to most NBA fans.
Of course, Houston will be better than many critics have predicted. Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson, and Nene are not all-stars, but they are too talented to have another heartbreaking season. Unfortunately, a trip to the NBA Finals is far from the Rockets reach. Especially after the super team Golden State just build in Oakland.
After Beverley’s bogus statement, it got a lot of critics wondering, “How far can the Houston Rockets go on Harden’s shoulders?” So much so, Rahat Huq of Red94 ponders the possibility of Beverley’s MVP expectation becoming a reality.
"“Harden’s numbers figure to be even loftier this season given that he’ll have a coach who, in theory, will know how to amplify his strengths and, more importantly, will for the first time during his Rockets career, be surrounded by actual shooters. I don’t think anyone will be surprised if he averages something like 31 points and 10 assists. But to get consideration for the award, more than just team success, he’ll have to work to erase the narrative surrounding his defense. It was bad, but it wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be, given the nightly vines highlighting his deficiencies. But it was no doubt bad and will need to improve.”"
Like Huq said, the only way Harden has a chance to win the MVP is if he changes his approach to the game. Even then, the possibility of Harden winning MVP is little to none. Thanks to early front runners Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis.
However, as for the Finals. The only way Houston can make the Finals is to add another all-star caliber player to their roster. Unfortunately after the latest news regarding Rudy Gay, that caliber player may be far from happening.
According to Gregory Martin of the Parent Herald, Gay may be on his way to South Bench and join the Miami Heat.
"According “There is no doubt that Rudy Gay is one of the valuable players in Sacramento King. But things between Gay and Kings are no longer turning as they were, so both parties decide to part ways. Reports are rife that Rudy Gay might be joining Derrick Williams and Hassan Whiteside in Miami Heat. to Gay and Heat have mutual interest with each other. However, despite their shared interest in each other, Heat reportedly lacks the tradable asset to acquire Gay.” Miami Herald"
Sorry Rockets fans. The chances of Rudy Gay coming to Houston seems less and less likely with every passing day. If not Gay, here’s hopes that DeMarcus Cousins will find his way to Houston.
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