Dedicated fans of anything, whether that be a sports team, music group, or film director, will be there with those entities through their worst moments. For the die-hards of Houston Rockets basketball fandom, one of those moments came in the form of the 2020-21 season.
It was a season that felt as if it was being written by one of the crueler basketball gods, one with a particular distaste for Houston. The year started with Russell Westbrook's departure, climaxed with the James Harden trade, and after meandering through the season with an unreal number of injuries and lineup changes, the team finished with the worst record in the league and the third-worst in franchise history.
Sure, the season had its bright spots; Christian Wood proved that his All-Star level streak of games back in Detroit were no fluke, Kevin Porter Jr. was acquired for almost nothing and became the youngest player in NBA history to drop 50 points, and Kelly Olynyk was one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of the season.
With that being said, those moments were far from enough to overshadow one of the worst seasons of Rockets basketball in some time. Even hardcore fans of the team found themselves struggling to enjoy tuning in and maintaining their investment in the team.
Considering the disappointment of the prior three years to the 2020-21 season, it might seem like a tough case to make that even casual fans should tune in to the upcoming season. But there is a lot of footing for this case to stand on. Die-hards know why to watch, but here are 3 reasons why even casual fans should as well.