The Houston Rockets will need to maximizes these three strengths to increase their chances of contending for a title next season.
As the summer starts to fade in the rear view mirror and training camp steadily approaches, most NBA teams will begin the process of making the final cuts to their rosters and shaping up their rotations.
For the Houston Rockets, the key rotational pieces are already in place. The Rockets will be one of the best teams in the NBA next season, and anything short of a Conference Finals appearance will be deemed a failure.
The Rockets had a few glaring weaknesses last season – many of them coming on defense. Houston finished second in points per game, but they finished just 18th in defensive rating.
Houston has added a few lockdown defenders in the offseason to tighten up the gaps, including Chris Paul who was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. The Rockets have a lot of great individual defenders, but it takes a collective effort to become a great defensive team.
The season will tell if Houston’s moves to tidy up its defense will pay off, but the Rockets have other strengths. A few of them will carry over from last season, and others are amplified from the offseason additions. Let’s get into it!
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