Houston Rockets: Where Do They Rank In the Western Conference?

By Reece Helms
James Harden
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The Houston Rockets offseason plans to make their team better became a reality when Dwight Howard announced he would be taking his talents to Houston. Well, he never really said that, but you get the point. Houston lured Dwight Howard away from the Los Angeles Lakers and into a Rockets uniform. Dwight Howard-James Harden duo will be tough to beat, they will obviously be one of the best 1-2 punches in the NBA, but where do the Rockets rank as a team in the Western Conference?

The West is filled with many great teams, as in the Oklahoma City Thunder with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, also the defending Western conference champions, the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs were only a defensive rebound and a free throw away from winning the NBA Finals. Instead, the Miami Heat were the NBA champions. The Los Angeles Clippers traded for former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, and the Memphis Grizzlies will also be a contender, as they made the Western Conference Finals this past season.

Another contender will be the Golden State Warriors. They lost out on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, but signing Andre Iguodala was a good consolation prize. A lineup of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Iggy, David Lee and Andrew Bogut will be a legit starting five, with Harrison Barnes being the sixth man off the bench.

Where do the Rockets rank against those teams? We mentioned five other teams aside from the Rockets, but what is the order they go in? First of all, as of right now Houston is not on the same level as Oklahoma City, or even San Antonio in my opinion. As of right now, I say the Rockets are the third best team in the West, above the Clippers, Warriors and Grizzlies, in that order.

So to answer the question, right now, the Houston Rockets are the third best team in the Western Conference. Any talk of them getting to the NBA Finals is a little premature at this point. Things could change over time, for better or for worse, but as of right now, they’re in third place.

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