The Houston Rockets made one of the biggest moves in franchise history last week when they signed free agent center Dwight Howard away from the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard accepted one less year on his contract to sign with the Rockets, a move that makes the organization an immediate favorite to win the NBA‘s Western Conference, and also a strong favorite to win an NBA Title.
The Rockets now have a one-two punch of Howard and James Harden, a dynamic duo that should wreak havoc for years to come. Howard is still only 27, while Harden is arguably one of the best young players in the league. The Rockets also have a strong supporting class which includes Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley.
To think how far the Rockets have come under GM Daryl Morey in just a few years is simply remarkable. A few seasons ago, the team’s best player was Kevin Martin. They were also still recovering from Yao Ming’s retirement and Tracy McGrady’s career-threatening injuries. Morey pounced on Harden last offseason and only one year later, got another top-10 player in the league in Howard.
The Rockets could still use a stretch four man and one player they have been linked to in recent days has been New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson. A trade of Asik for Anderson would make a ton of sense for Houston to help space the floor. Anderson and Howard were also teammates a few years ago with the Orlando Magic, so chemistry would not be an issue.
The Rockets have become the favorites to win the NBA Title for this upcoming season.
Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18