The Rockets' Rise: Following the Phoenix Suns' blueprint to success

Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets
Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets / Alex Bierens de Haan/GettyImages

The turnaround of the Phoenix Suns in recent years has been nothing short of inspirational. Especially, as we watch the Houston Rockets rebuild, it's hard not to draw parallels between their current trajectory and the Suns' path to success. 

First, let's delve into the uncanny parallels between Jalen Green's and Devin Booker's sophomore seasons. Both young shooting guards have displayed an exceptional scoring prowess, with their playstyles showcasing smooth shooting strokes, impressive athleticism, and a knack for creating their own shots. Green's potential to develop into a franchise player, much like Booker, is more than intriguing. 

Why the Rockets should follow the Phoenix Suns' path to success

Another notable parallel can be drawn between the elite playmaking abilities of James Harden, a potential signing for the Rockets, and Chris Paul. Both veteran point guards have been instrumental in orchestrating their respective teams' offenses, showcasing unparalleled court vision and basketball IQ. The prospect of Harden joining the Rockets would bring invaluable guidance and leadership to their young roster, echoing the transformative impact Chris Paul had on the Suns.

Mikal Bridges and Jabari Smith Jr. share a common identity as versatile wings who excel on both ends of the court. Both players have developed into dependable scorers without requiring constant touches and have demonstrated their prowess as lockdown defenders. This blend of skills makes them indispensable assets to their respective teams.

In addition, the Rockets landed a young, proven coach in Ime Udoka, who mirrors Monty Williams. Like Williams, Udoka played in the NBA before turning to the coaching ranks. In addition, both coaches have ties to San Antonio Spurs legendary coach Gregg Popovich, as they both played for Popovich, while Udoka also served as an assistant under Pop.

While drawing comparisons between the Rockets and the Suns is intriguing, it's crucial to remember that each team's journey is unique. However, it's worth noting that Houston's current stage of rebuilding closely mirrors the Suns' position in 2018. By 2021, Phoenix had made it to the NBA Finals, showcasing the potential for rapid success.