After qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2009, it's imperative for the Houston Rockets to improve their roster in free agency by not overlooking players that fit their system.
Although the Rockets entered the postseason as the eighth seed, they posted the league's ninth best point differential over the course of the regular season. Looking at margin of victory is an effective way to determine the overall effectiveness of a team and can be used to forecast future success.
While Houston exceeded expectations after the acquisition of James Harden prior to the 2012-13 season, they still need to tinker with the roster. Harden made the Rockets relevant, as the former sixth man proved to be one of the league's elite offensive stars.
Based upon the Rockets' fast-paced style, their defense is always going to look worse than it really is statistically due to the extra possessions that they create. That being said, Houston is going to have to improve defensively in order to develop into a legitimate threat in the postseason.
Free agency is the perfect time to add a couple of defensive difference-makers, but it isn't quite that easy.
Houston finished the regular season tied for most three-point attempts, as they hoisted up an average of 28.9 triples per contest. That precedent won't change in the near future, so GM Daryl Morey must restock the roster with talented long-range shooters.
The Rockets could emerge from free agency as a legitimate title threat if they convince the right players that Houston is the place for them.