The Houston Rockets have improved immensely as a team over the course of the 2012-13 season, mostly because of the individual improvements of the following five players.
In ranking these five players, I've taken into account their basic statistical lines (points, rebounds, assists) and overall impact on the team's play.
It's clear that a few players have really stepped up their games this season, and the Rockets would not be in the discussion for the No. 7 or 8 seed in the Western Conference had these players not stepped up.
For some players, it was just an increase in playing time that gave them the spotlight necessary to shine. Being buried in the depth chart can often hurt a player's performance (and growth, of course). When given the chance to play quality minutes, the better players will take advantage of the opportunity.
These guys have.
Others make this ranking based mostly off the fact that they simply improved from 2011-12. Another year in the league could have done it for these guys, but the Rockets are just happy that they've received more production than they expected.
All in all, these five players are undoubtedly the most improved Rockets this season.