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The Houston Rockets' Most Surprising Players of the Early Season

Vinny HardyCorrespondent INovember 19, 2012

The Houston Rockets' Most Surprising Players of the Early Season

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    We all like surprises if they're pleasant. Sometimes, a lot of times, this isn't the case. Things come up out of nowhere. 

    Keeping up with our sports teams presents the same scenarios. Players hit peaks and valleys at different times. For better or worse they surprise us.

    What can we do about it? Nothing at all except sit back and enjoy the pleasant and suffer through the unpleasant. Let's see what the Houston Rockets have in store for us to this point.

    Stats are accurate as of 11/19/12.

Patrick Patterson

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    Still surprising to see Patrick Patterson showing signs of inconsistency. Many think he's reached his ceiling. Maybe he has. I still think he can be a walking double-double.

    Lately his scoring has increased. In his last five games he's been in double figures scoring in three. The clunkers, two points against the Detroit Pistons and six against the New Orleans Hornets are puzzling.

    For Patterson, there's nothing to it but to do it.

Marcus Morris

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    Marcus Morris continues to put up solid numbers. He put up 12 points and eight boards against the Los Angeles Lakers, which is right in line with what he's been doing all season long.

    This is a very pleasant surprise. 

    He averaged 2.4 points per game last season. He's improved immensely and he's still getting comfortable at the three position. He will only get better.

Omer Asik

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    The big fella hit a few bumps in the road courtesy of the Los Angeles Lakers, but it won't tarnish the start he's gotten off to this season.

    His work on the boards is invaluable. His reputation somewhat preceded him in that department before he signed with the Houston Rockets. However, the offensive end is where Asik has surprised and even shocked everyone.

    At the start of the season, calling him raw offensively would have been too kind. He's gone from that to scoring in double figures in seven out of the Rockets first 10 games. Very nice progress.

James Harden

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    James Harden is on both sides of the ledger. His white hot start to the beginning of the season will never be forgotten. Everyone knew he would come back to earth though.

    It's a little surprising to see the extent to which he has cooled off. His field goal and three-point percentages have really declined.

    It's still early so there's time for him to come out of the slump he's in. The whole team is in a fog—coaches and players alike. 

    They will have to work through it together.

Terrence Jones

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    The surprising thing is that the coaching staff played Terrence Jones significant minutes. This should have been done a long time ago. He's the only first round draft pick in any position to play and contribute for the Houston Rockets.

    In his nearly 20 minutes he scored eight points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Way to make the most of the opportunity. Keep it up and the coaches will have no choice but to put him in the game.

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