The revamped Houston Rockets sit at 7-8, third in the Southwest division and log-jammed in the middle of the West, tied for eighth place.
Expectations were low for the Rockets coming into this year. The team retained only four players from last year's squad and failed to land Dwight Howard despite a large amount of their offseason devoted to him.
Still, the team did make a few significant roster moves, signing Jeremy Lin and trading for Omer Asik and James Harden.
Harden has proven he is a superstar in the making for Houston, averaging over 24 PPG for the team.
Asik has also played his role well, currently averaging a double-double, and is third in the NBA in rebounding.
However, Lin as well as a few other Rockets players will need to improve going forward if this young Rockets team is going to contend.
Here are four Houston players who must step up if the Rockets want to make the postseason.