The Houston Rockets are looking at a bright future. A No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, the Rockets managed to make the playoffs as the youngest team in the NBA, with an average age of 24.9 years old.
A team that has seen winning records the past seven years, Houston has failed to reach the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, finishing with the best record in the lottery three consecutive years.
Now, with the additions of James Harden and Jeremy Lin, the Rockets have solidified their backcourt in an effort to reshape the identity of the team. They have become a fast-paced, dynamic shooting club that finished the regular season behind only the Denver Nuggets for most points per game.
Dealt a difficult hand in a series against Oklahoma City, the Rockets started sluggish and saw furious comeback attempts fall short in consecutive games. Down 3-2 in the series, Houston is relying on its fast-paced offense to out hustle the Thunder.
You can’t expect to flip a switch and automatically contend for an NBA title. There are many hurdles to climb and many lessons to learn, though the Rockets are clearly on the right track.
Having just one player currently on the roster from last year’s team (Chandler Parsons), coupled with the fact they are the youngest team in the NBA, we have seen some obvious growing pains.
Learning from these will only make the Rockets stronger in the future.
Here’s what the Rockets can learn from their growing pains.