With the All-Star break now upon us, we present the first-ever Spacey Awards, created to honor the best of the Houston Rockets’ season so far.
From scoring 159 points in a regulation game to losing another by 29, from an early eight-game winning streak to a four-game January skid, there’s never been a dull moment for the Houston Rockets this season.
The Russell Westbrook experiment has had mixed results so far, although appears to be trending upward as he adapts more to Mike D’Antoni‘s system. In his eighth year with Houston, James Harden has shown no signs of slowing down, averaging 35.3 points, 7.3 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game so far.
Although the Rockets had some rough patches that included frustrating losses to the Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors, they still find themselves in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race at 34-20, which has them at fifth coming out of the All-Star break.
The Beard and the Brodie have co-existed as well as you’d expect longtime friends to, much to the dismay of many offseason critics that said the new dynamic backcourt would have problems. P.J. Tucker has also shown consistency alongside the team’s two superstars, while Eric Gordon and Ben McLemore have had some impressive stretches among some bad games.
As a fun way to recognize the interesting season the Houston Rockets have had so far, I’ve created some awards to hand out to players, moments and even fashion choices from the beginning of the season until now. Here is the first edition of Space City Scoop’s own Spacey Awards.