Last season the Houston Rockets acquired James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder to give the Texas-based ball club a driving force, and the young shooting guard did just that. Whether it be scoring a bunch of points, making defenders look foolish or leading fast-breaks, he has been the main man on this specific roster.
A year later, his new club has found someone that could potentially lift this club to newer heights: Dwight Howard. The big man faced injury and a seemingly never-ending run of poor performances. Basically, the center we all knew from Orlando was lost. Now, he has decided to start a new chapter in his life with Houston, and here he is expected to get right back on track.
However, we all need to remember that good things take time. For example: Miami’s big three did make it all the way to the Finals during their first season together, but they did lose in six games to the rather older Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. In their next two seasons, they won the title on both occasions. Point is it takes a good year’s effort of getting to know one another in order to form the perfect partnership on the court.
Harden and Howard are going to be relying on one another to lead this team to victory. Harden, even though he is a shooting guard, will once again be responsible for running plays atop the key as his point guards are not nearly as good as he is in possession. Howard simply has to body his way to the hole to score as many buckets as possible on one end, and at the other end he will be blocking shots, stealing and defending his team’s hoop.
No one ever said that this will be easy as they are still quite beatable. Although we should remember that talent does go a long way, so with hard work, dedication, and drive, anything is possible. This team will be great in the near future.