With the NBA season is about to start, the Houston Rockets are coming off a pre-season where they only won one of their four games. After losing the most games in the league the season prior, a pre-season with this few wins was not what Rockets fans were hoping for. However, it needs to be remembered that pre-season games don’t count for anything.
The Los Angeles Lakers, a finals favorite, failed to win a single pre-season game, while the Chicago Bulls went undefeated. The Bulls played their starters big minutes every night, while the Lakers mixed and matched their lineups to rest their geriatric stars. If your goal is to win a championship that means playing close to 100 games that actually count for something.
Even though pre-season games don’t count, that doesn’t mean they don’t tell us anything. Sure, players aren’t going full tilt and rotations are as large as they’ll ever be, but it’s still NBA players going against NBA players.
Stephen Silas made it pretty clear that he has four starters locked in for opening night in Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr, Christian Wood, and Daniel Theis. He has also made it clear that the Rockets’ starting small forward could be a rotating cast of Jae’Sean Tate, Eric Gordon, and possibly David Nwaba.
The Rockets’ pre-season win-loss record doesn’t mean all that much but it did bring some clarity about their season. These are three things we learned from the Rockets pre-season and what they can tell us about the upcoming season.