3 Reasons the Houston Rockets Are Better Than the Reigning Champs

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IMarch 20, 2012

3 Reasons the Houston Rockets Are Better Than the Reigning Champs

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    The Houston Rockets are far from being the best team in the NBA, but they may have an advantage over the reigning champs, which is the Dallas Mavericks, in case you are completely dazed by the NCAA Tournament.

    The Mavericks are definitely not the same team as they were last year. You could say the same about the Rockets. 

    Is it possibly that Houston is better than Dallas though? 

    Maybe and here are three reasons why. 

The Rockets' Offense

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    Offense is obviously not the only aspect in basketball, but the team with more points at the end of the game is the winner. What a tough concept to swallow.

    So, in the offensive department, Houston is better than Dallas.

    Houston scores 97.7 points per game, which is the 10th best in the NBA, whereas Dallas only averages 94.7 points per game, which is only good enough for 19th in the league.

    The Rockets are a very complete team. They may only have three players who average in double digits in scoring, but they have five other players that average eight points or more a game.  

Houston's Youth

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    Thanks to the lockout, the Rockets play just about every night—not really, but they really don't get that many days off. This is the case for pretty much every team in the NBA.

    Having a young team definitely goes a long way, with such a jam-packed season. Houston has the young team, whereas the Mavericks do not.

    Experience obviously comes into play with this, but Houston's players aren't going to suffer as much as Dallas' will toward the end of the season.

    A bunch of 30-year-olds will not hold up as well as a team filled with 20-year-olds.

    Houston's average age is 27 years old.

    Dallas' average age is 29.6 years old. Keep in mind that Dallas' starters are mostly 30-year-olds.

    I think you get the point. Age may not be everything, but it certainly plays a huge roll at the end of the season.  

Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin

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    Kevin Martin and Kyle Lowry are tearing it up together. 

    Martin leads the team with 17.1 points per game, but Lowry isn't too far behind, with 15.9 points per game.

    Don't forget about Lowry's rebounding and passing ability though. Lowry has been an amazing field general this season, and his 7.2 assists per game is proof of this. He also has a very impressive 5.3 rebounds a game to go along with that.

    The bottom line: these two studs make up a very talented backcourt for the Rockets.

    Lowry and Martin may be underrated, but a playoff appearance will have everyone's attention. These two players are a big reason why Houston has been successful this year. 


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