The Houston Rockets have been one of the first half's biggest surprises, and the solid play of a vast majority of the players on the roster have turned the youngest team in the NBA to a legitimate playoff contender.
It's the play of the team as a whole that's gotten them where they are today, though. James Harden's dynamic scoring coupled with Jeremy Lin's spirited play and Chandler Parsons' do-it-all skill set have all blended together nicely in the trio's first season together.
There's still more basketball to play, as the All-Star break is just the beginning of the stretch run that will lead to the NBA playoffs.
The Rockets are in the playoffs for now. They'll need to continue their solid play (or improve, of course) to secure a spot in the postseason.
As a team, I'd give them a B+ grade for the first half.
It's the individual players we're here to grade, however, and it's about time to get into doing just that.