It appears that a new trend has started this season in the NBA. There appears to be three categories that teams fit under when evaluating them based on talent level.
Those teams that have the pieces to contend for a championship can be classified as being contenders.
Teams that are looking to rebuild over the next few years find themselves at the lowest level as they are focused on allowing their younger players to gain valued experience.
Teams that find themselves in the “middle” and who are not that far away from sliding into either direction (up or down) form the majority.
One team that could very well come under this level are the Houston Rockets. With a current roster filled with young talent and capable role players, the Rockets are still in search mode for that “franchise caliber” player that will change their fortunes for the better.
Who could this player be?
General manager Daryl Morey has a knack for acquiring capable talent and getting the most out of them whether it is via trade, through the draft or even from other leagues. Some of his best work can be found in the past and current performances of Chuck Hayes, Chase Budinger and Kyle Lowry, the latter whom are still with the Rockets.
If the Rockets want to experience success it may be time to “go all out” to bring in a major talent. Morey plays his cards carefully and that is a wise thing, but patience could be running thin in Houston as the team appears to be one or two players away from possibly moving themselves to the upper echelon of the NBA.