There have been several drastic events that have had a major impact on the results of the Houston Rockets 2012-13 season.
Houston was not expected to compete this season. After a start to the offseason that saw the team lose much of the talent from the 2011-12 season's roster, analysts and NBA minds alike were ready to write off the Rockets for at least the next two seasons.
Then, it happened.
Jeremy Lin signed. Omer Asik followed suit. Then, James Harden was acquired to give the Rockets the superstar oomph that they so desperately needed. Without these players, there's almost zero chance that Houston would be where they are today.
The Rockets still have work to do with the playoffs approaching, but they've put themselves in a good position for this season and future campaigns. Should their core remain in tact, Houston can climb up the ranks of the Western Conference.
It was a long journey to where they are (fighting for the No. 6 spot in the West), and it can be summed up by the following moments.