With the Houston Rockets having gone all-in on small ball this season, they may need to rebuild if they can’t make a push to the NBA Finals.
Since the Houston Rockets acquired James Harden in 2012, they have been the model of consistency. The franchise hasn’t missed the playoffs since they traded for Harden, and have made the Western Conference Finals two times in the last seven years.
Although the Rockets have been consistent in their winning, they still have not been able to get over the hump and make it to the NBA Finals. Over the past few years, they’ve run into one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history in the Golden State Warriors and have also had some unfortunate luck with buzzer-beating shots, last-second 3-pointers blocked and untimely injuries.
With having fallen short several years in a row, it may be time to rebuild the roster if they can’t overcome the obstacles this season. Making the playoffs and going deep periodically can only get you so far with such a rabid fan base, and the Rockets know it.
With a big offseason ahead, here are two possible rebuilding scenarios the Houston Rockets can elect to go through. In both of these scenarios, Mike D’Antoni is assumed to still be the head coach of the Houston Rockets.