3 Reasons the Houston Rockets should be feared like never before

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Houston has superstar power they haven’t had in years

You’d have to go back to the 2007-08 season to find a Rockets duo that has averaged at least 20 points per game each. That season, Yao Ming averaged 22 while Tracy McGrady averaged 21.6 points per game.

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Since James Harden joined the team in 2012, he’s had guys like Chandler Parsons, Dwight Howard, Eric Gordon and Chris Paul play second fiddle. Paul’s 18.6 points per game in the 2017-18 season is the highest any of his teammates have averaged since his Oklahoma City Thunder Days.

Also on those Thunder teams from 2009-12 was Russell Westbrook, who became more than just a serviceable second option to Kevin Durant as the years went on. Now in a reunion with James in Houston, the Brodie and the Beard have established themselves as bonafide superstars since their OKC days.

After going on a tear in January and February, Russ has seen his scoring skyrocket to 27.2 points per game, which is tied with Kawhi Leonard for seventh in the NBA. Harden, of course, is still head and shoulders above the rest of the league when it comes to putting the ball in the basket, averaging 35.3 points per contest.

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While Harden had quite a partner-in-crime with Chris Paul for the past two seasons, he was never playing quite at the level that Russell Westbrook is at right now. Everyone saw how far the Rockets got when CP3 and Harden were playing well against Golden State until the injury happened.

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Now with a younger, just-as-hungry point guard, this duo is the most dangerous one Houston has had in decades, and maybe ever.