The Houston Rockets are going to be a very watched team this upcoming season.
The Rockets are finally getting the attention they deserve. Next season, they will have the second-most national TV games in the NBA. They will appear 40 times out of their 82 games on the big stage.
The team in front of them, of course, is the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors led this category last season, too, while the Rockets were not even in the top 10. After one season of major improvement (and one all-star) later, the Rockets are one of the most popular teams in the league again.
28 of the nationally televised games will be on the main 3 channels: TNT, ESPN and ABC. An additional 12 games will be aired on NBA TV for out of state fans to watch and enjoy. There is also always potential for NBA TV to add more games to their schedule with fan selection nights.
What the Rockets did right
The Rockets became an exciting team again after a tough 2015-2016 campaign. The addition of Mike D’Antoni made the offense insanely good and deserving of national attention. Rockets games on national TV last year were fun and exciting, especially the double-OT thriller vs. the Warriors. So this season, the league decided that the world needed to see more of the Rockets. This number includes 8 straight games on the big stage in the middle of January.
Here is the breakdown of the national TV schedule per channel.
#Rockets National TV Schedule breakdown:
NBA TV: 12
A total of 40 of their 82 games shown to a national audience. https://t.co/Xb3ruFc0IF
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) August 14, 2017
The addition of Chris Paul to the mix certainly did not hurt, either. Adding a star to an already exciting team makes the Rockets an even more watchable team for national TV. Will the Rockets add one more star to the team in Carmelo Anthony? That would likely make the team even more watched than they will be already.