Houston Rockets Must Improve Around James Harden

By Andy Schmidt
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The Houston Rockets got bounced out of the NBA playoffs in the first round, but the success of this season would largely be based on what James Harden did in averaging nearly 26 points a game. As the team looks ahead to next season, I have to believe that the Rockets need to work on their defense and maybe find one more scorer.

I understand that the team had six players that averaged in double figures during the regular season. Omer Asik is a quality big man who averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds a game, but the problem I have is that I don’t trust the players around Harden that much outside of Asik inside. Chandler Parsons is a quality young player and Jeremy Lin has proved he can be one of the better point guards in the NBA, but I’m not a fan of Lin or Parsons because I don’t think they would be as successful in a different system. Lin was great for a short period of time with the New York Knicks and everyone got excited about that, but I’ve always thought he was overrated.

The defense of the team was awful giving up over 102 points a game. The Western Conference is known for no defense being played usually, but if the Rockets want to go anywhere anytime soon, that part of the game must improve. There will be talk about Dwight Howard possibly going to Houston, but that doesn’t seem likely to me. Howard would probably help by bringing another big man inside, and he could be paired with Harden and Asik which would make the team better. I guess it could always happen, but I don’t expect it. The Rockets do need to make some moves, however, before next season gets here.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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