3 areas the Rockets will improve without James Harden

By Lachard Binkley
Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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With the Houston Rockets having completed the James Harden trade, the team will now be much better in several areas, thanks to Harden’s departure.

The Houston Rockets made the move that has been bubbling under the surface all off-season. They traded franchise star and former MVP James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a three-team deal.

With this blockbuster trade, the Rockets have closed the door on one chapter and started a new chapter with Christian Wood as the franchise’s face. After the Rockets’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, James Harden stated that the team was not good enough talent-wise or chemistry wise to compete with the top teams.

This, as you can imagine, did not sit well with the other players on the team, especially John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, two players who have battled back from major injuries to get back on the court. The Rockets, of course, would have been a better team with an engaged and all-in Harden, but that scenario is no longer an option.

Even with the trade, the Rockets do have something to look forward to. Besides the potential players they are bringing in (the trade still isn’t final at the time of this writing), the Rockets have areas they will actually be better at with Harden no longer on the team.

Let’s take a look at what those three areas are.

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