2015 Houston Rockets Season Preview
The Houston Rockets had a breakthrough season last year, winning their first NBA playoff series since 2008, and reached the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1997. The Rockets enter the 2015 season looking to take that next step towards a 3rd NBA title. The core of the 2015 Houston Rockets roster remains the same as a season ago, with the focus of the team on the star duo of James Harden and Dwight Howard. The Rockets will hope for increased production out of Trevor Ariza, to make up for the hole left by the departure of Josh Smith. But the hopes of the Rockets will once again rise and fall with the play of James Harden. Harden has evolved into one of the premier players in the NBA and will look to guide Houston through a relentless Western Conference schedule.
2014 Houston Rockets Season Preview
There were few teams in the league that had as much hype as the Houston Rockets coming into 2013. Superstar big man Dwight Howard had agreed to leave Los Angeles and team up with Jeremy Lin and James Harden in Houston. Add in front court help from Chandler Parsons and the Rockets looked poised to crack the top 3 in the Western Conference. Houston had a solid season, but ended up losing a hard-fought first round playoff series with the Portland Trailblazers to end their title run. The Rockets enter the 2014 NBA schedule with a slightly adjusted roster. Jeremy Lin is gone, as is Parsons. Houston signed veterans Trever Ariza and Jason Terry, but will put their title hopes on the duo of James Harden and Dwight Howard. If the two superstars can click in Houston, the Rockets will easily match their 54 wins from a season ago and be right in the thick of the Western Conference playoffs once again.
2013 Houston Rockets Season Preview
The offseason was an exciting one for the Rockets as they locked down the gem of the free agent market in big man Dwight Howard. The center opted out of staying in L.A. to give it a go in Houston around Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and James Harden. The Rockets nabbed the final place in the Western Conference Playoffs last season but bowed out to the Thunder in round 1. This year, along with Howard, they added Ronnie Brewer to an already potent team. The Rockets open the season at home against the Mavericks before a west coast road trip. Other key home games are vs. Lakers on Nov. 7, vs. Bulls on Dec. 18, vs. New York on Jan. 3. The Rockets will be on the national stage on Christmas Day when they play in San Antonio against the Spurs.
2012 Houston Rockets Season Preview
The Rockets are looking forward to a year where they can put up the team stats they dished in 2010-11—first in assists, third in points per game, seventh in rebounds—and make the playoffs. They’re past the Yao Ming era, and must rely on a new group of young players like guards Kevin Marchtin and Kyle Lowery to lead the team. While their speedy guard combo likes to dish, Luis Scola is an All-Star center that has the middle clogged, and is now the leader of a front court that ranked seventh in the league in rebounds. If Houston can contain other teams defensively a bit more—they were 22nd in points allowed last year—the Rockets are one of the teams that could be in for bigger things in 2012.
2011 Houston Rockets Season Preview
Despite an injury-plagued campaign last season, the Houston Rockets managed to almost sneak into the playoffs, but fell just short of securing the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Rockets return this year with a youthful lineup and several new additions in the hopes of returning to the postseason once again. One of the biggest moves the Rockets made during the offseason was signing center Brad Miller. The addition of Miller may prove beneficial as it was recently announced that Yao Ming would be limited to just 24 minutes a game after a season-ending injury a year ago. The Rockets will also be aided by one of the up-and-coming guards in the league, Aaron Brooks. Along with Brooks, Luis Scola is coming off an impressive showing in the FIBA World Championships, and leading scorer Kevin Martin is back as well. Although the core of the team is young, their youth may also be a hindrance. There are eight players on the roster under 25, and the lack of experience may hurt them down the stretch.
2010 Houston Rockets Season Preview
There is a new sheriff in-town for the Houston Rockets, and his name is Trevor Ariza. During the offseason the Rockets essentially swapped with the Los Angeles Lakers; giving up Ron Artest and signing free agent Ariza. If Ariza can bring the same spark to Houston that he provided in L.A., then look for the scrappy Rockets squad to go deeper in the playoffs than they did last season.
2009 Houston Rockets Season Preview
The Houston Rockets are one of the most passionate teams in the NBA. Houston Rockets players are devoted and loyal to the succcess of the team as well as its teammates, most notably its current list of players Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming and Steve Francis. The Rockets are armed and dangerous with a blend of defense and offense that could earn them 60+ wins this season. Look out for this dedicated Houston team, as fans are expecting an enthusiastic and exciting season this year.