The Houston Rockets are off to a 10-11 start in the 2012-13 season, and these first 21 games have shed some revealing light on the future of a team that was in a lottery position just a year ago.
Adding Jeremy Lin, James Harden and Omer Asik in separate deals this offseason were three of the biggest moves—additions that received less attention than the star-studded ones in Los Angeles and Miami, but have proven just as effective, with a definitive eye towards the future.
Houston's already dealt with a death in the organization—that of head coach Kevin McHale's daughter, Sasha. What's been a rough month for the McHale family hasn't spilled over onto the court, as the team continues to play hard with a heavy heart.
From youngsters gaining valuable playing experience to others like Chandler Parsons and Greg Smith taking leaps forward, it's been a solid first half for a surprising team.
Here's a look at what we've learned about the Rockets through the first quarter of the season.