Houston, TX - The Houston Rockets are currently sitting at 35-17, which is good for the fifth seed in the Western Conference at this point in time. They have shown the potential to live up to the hype that they had surrounding them after the Dwight Howard signing, but have been inconsistent for the most part. James Harden believes that the Rockets have what it takes to win an NBA championship, and he believes that they are “scary” when they reach their full potential.
“We have a long way to go, a long way to go. But it’s scary how good we can be.” - James Harden
The roster in and of itself looks dangerous, with names like James Harden, Chandler Parsons, and Dwight Howard leading the way. Terrence Jones has stepped up in a big way this season as well, and Patrick Beverley has been a very good starting point guard so far this year. Houston has great depth, but they do need to work on their defense if they want to win an NBA title.
James Harden’s numbers have dropped a bit this season from last, but the team seems to be picking up around him. It was expected that he would drop his stats somewhat, but his shooting numbers have been inconsistent to say the least. Dwight Howard started the season a bit slow, but he has turned it on lately and has become a double-double machine. Chandler Parsons has elevated his game to a new level and continues to impressive with his scoring ability. Patrick Beverley and Jeremy Lin have provided great point guard play, and they are a very difficult one-two punch for defenses to handle. Terrence Jones has been a big surprise this season so far, and has stepped up his scoring and rebounding to become a legitimate starting power forward.
Overall, the Houston Rockets are a very scary team if they are able to get things clicking on all cylinders. The Rockets have some things that they need to improve on, especially defensively, but they have the potential to become a championship caliber basketball team. As usual, the Western Conference is going to be an extremely tough conference, but the Rockets have the pieces needed to make it to the NBA Finals.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.