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Houston Rockets 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction

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Houston Rockets 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction

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The Houston Rockets may have lost some key pieces from last season, but here is my take on how they can still make some serious noise in a very competitive the Western Conference.

Offseason Subtractions

Chandler Parsons
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Offseason Subtractions

Chandler Parsons
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The most notable loss for the Rockets from last season is Chandler Parsons, who signed a deal with the Mavericks. Other major losses include Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik.

Offseason Additions

Trevor Ariza
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Offseason Additions

Trevor Ariza
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The Rockets were able to add Trevor Ariza to try and fill the Parsons void, but it remains to be seen just how effective Ariza will truly be. Kostas Papanikolaou and some draft picks, including Nick Johnson and Clint Cappella, fill out the rest of the additions.

Starting Lineup

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Starting Lineup

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The Rockets will run the same starting lineup from last season with the exception of Ariza for Parsons. This includes Patrick Beverly, James Harden, Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard.

Bench Rotation

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Bench Rotation

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The bench rotation will look a little different this year with Lin and Asik gone. Isaiah Canaan and Donatas Motiejunas will have to step in and fill big roles, and players like Troy Daniels and Jeff Adrien will have to prove their NBA worth as well.

Projected Win/Loss and Finish

Kevin McHale
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Projected Win/Loss and Finish

Kevin McHale
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The Rockets are not in danger of missing the playoffs, but they will take a little step back from last season. This team will not go better than 50-32, but hey, 50 wins is still 50 wins in my book. This team could still make some noise in the postseason, but unfortunately a lot of teams got better in the Western Conference this offseason, and the Rockets were not one of them.