If this team wants to succeed at playing small and fast like Mike D'Antoni's Phoenix Suns, they must utilize the pick-and-roll to its fullest extent. Although this can be seen as an extension of ball movement, the Houston Rockets are seriously not running one of the most effective offensive sets in the game.
Per Synergy Sports, the pick-and-roll finishers for the Rockets only score less than six percent of the team's points. However, the Rockets have three young, energetic bigs in Patterson, Smith and Morris, who all finish more than 65 percent of their shots as the roll man (per Hoop Data).
The Rockets are also attempting shots at the rim less than either the mid-range area or the paint, two areas where they have the lowest field-goal percentage.
The pick-and-roll is one of the hardest plays in basketball to defend, and with numerous good pick-and-roll finishers, the Rockets aren't exploiting their strengths.
Omer Asik, albeit not a skilled finisher at the rim (makes approximately 60 percent of shots at the rim), is averaging a double-double this year primarily due to drop off from Jeremy Lin and James Harden off the pick-and-roll and offensive putbacks.
However, when the Rockets go small and Morris and Patterson are at the 5, they don't run this play as often even though they are two of the best pick-and-roll finishers on the team. Although neither of them are as devastating as Amar'e Stoudemire in his prime, they're both quick and can get to the basket faster than stockier big men.