Houston Rockets: Will They Be a Success Immediately?

By Reece Helms
James Harden
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The Houston Rockets recently signed Dwight Howard to go along with James Harden, forming another superstar combo in the NBA. Having both Howard and Harden on your team sounds great and all, but can we be sure it will exactly work?

If this was NBA 2K13, yeah it would definitely work right away, but we aren’t talking video games. We are talking real life NBA games, not virtual ones played online. James Harden and Dwight Howard are both great players, but will they work better than Dwight and Kobe Bryant did?

Kobe and Dwight didn’t exactly pan out the way the Los Angeles Lakers were hoping for. They envisioned a second coming of the Kobe and Shaquille O’Neal Big 2, and possibly some more NBA Finals rings to go along with it. None of that happened, as Dwight was battling injuries most of the time, just like everyone else on the team. The Lakers looked like a sure thing, people were saying they could end the Miami Heat‘s reign in the NBA Finals.

Well, that didn’t exactly happen. Now a year later, Dwight isn’t even a Laker anymore, but it was fun while it lasted, right? No, it wasn’t fun at all for anyone involved with the Lakers organization.

How will Dwight fare in Houston? Howard has been gaining a reputation for being a coach’s nightmare, instead of a coach’s dream. Head Coach Kevin McHale might be on the hot seat right away.

Houston has some good role players in addition to Dwight and Harden. Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik (for now), Patrick Beverley and Francisco Garcia are all good players. All of which are a lot younger than the Lakers team last season. It takes teams a while to gel. Even if they are all talented, they will have to get used to playing with one another before they become elite.

Will Dwight Howard’s first season with the Rockets season play out better than his first year with the Lakers? Most likely, it will. He should get a long with Harden better than he did with Kobe, and they’re a lot younger. Do I think the Rockets are a threat to the Miami Heat? No, not yet, but they are most certainly a legitimate threat in the Western Conference.

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