The young guns of the Houston Rockets are currently at home watching the playoffs from the comfort of their living room, but despite the disappointing end to their postseason run, they still have a lot to be proud of.
A playoff berth, a near 50-win season and a solidified grouping are all things this team should hold their heads up high about; especially considering all of their key components are in their mid to early 20s—Omer Asik is the resident starting grandpa at the decrepit age of 26.
Their frontcourt isn’t terrible, but the team's success is in large part because of their smaller guys—you could say they are the ones who encompass their core.
The Rockets' key pieces include a versatile swingman in Chandler Parsons, a clever, wily slasher of a shooting guard named James Harden, and, although he has had his difficulties, point guard Jeremy Lin isn’t all that bad either.
One of the team’s biggest strengths also happens to be one of its biggest weaknesses—a curious paradox without question.
The Rockets are a youthful bunch, and while the word “youthful” evokes cute words like “upside” and “potential,” it can also bring to mind negative descriptors like “inexperienced” and “raw”.
One minute we’re cheering their young, semi-reckless enthusiasm, and other times we’re screaming at our television for their over-eagerness when attempting to make that extra pass.
That being said, we have yet to see what this team is truly capable of, but the glimpses of greatness we have spotted throughout the season—especially from their starting five—are things we should applaud and examine with a careful eye.
After a full season together, does the Rockets' starting five make the grade? Let's find out.