In case you didn’t know this, the Houston Rockets are a pretty good basketball team this season. While the team’s outlook initially looked bleak a couple weeks ago, the narrative has changed quite drastically.
Instead of the chatter regarding the team’s future being centered around the team tanking for a top-4 draft pick (protection level for their pick with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Chris Paul trade), the Rockets have found themselves finally with a winning record for the first time this season. After a rocky start to the season, the Houston Rockets are currently sitting at 10-9 and for the time being, they are the 8th seed in the Western Conference standings.
The Houston Rockets began the season 4-9 and the lackluster start could have been attributed to many things. For starters, the NBA had a shortened offseason which posed a problem as many roster changes occurred before the start of the season which resulted in a lack of chemistry.
In addition, the James Harden drama surrounding the franchise was without a doubt a distraction and issue. Many teammates of his cited the environment and mood surrounding the locker room had been a major turnoff.
Harden’s comments regarding the team’s lack of potential to win a championship after back-to-back losses against the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season was seen as disrespectful by teammates such as Demarcus Cousins and John Wall.
The Houston Rockets officially have the longest win streak in the league after the Indiana Pacers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday night. This snapped their seven-game winning streak and left the Houston Rockets as the hottest team remaining in the league.
3 reasons why the Houston Rockets should keep their major role players
Thanks to a drastic turnaround from a defensive standpoint, the team will look to continue their success as they face a challenging task with back-to-back road games scheduled against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies. Stephen Silas will look to stagger the rest days between John Wall and Victor Oladipo, so the Houston Rockets will play short-handed most likely during these two games.
Given the team’s promising success, here are three reasons why the Houston Rockets shouldn’t trade any major role players.
Next: Reason #3