For the first time since Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, the Rockets once again have a dynamic duo of superstars. James Harden established himself as one of the best scorers in the league and perhaps the best two-guard in the game last season. Dwight Howard has been an elite center for years, and he still is improving his game.
In NBA history, the team that hoists the Larry O'Brien at the end of the year usually has multiple superstars. The past two years, it was LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. In the previous decade, Kobe Bryant won five rings with the help of Shaq and Pau Gasol on the Lakers. The Spurs sparked a dynasty with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
Multiple superstars has been a recurring theme in the NBA. Houston finally has its two studs to boast about. Rockets fans flooded the streets at the Toyota Center on Saturday to welcome their newest star, Howard. The fans know that the time has come for the Rockets to contend again.
Harden's offense and Howard's defense surrounded by a handful of talented role players looks pretty good on paper. The Rockets coaching staff now has to figure out a system to utilize everyone's talents. This is no easy task, and it will take time for the Rockets to develop chemistry.
The Rockets may not win a championship right away, but they are not in a huge rush. The championship window is wide open, and the pieces are finally in place for the Rockets to make a push for those coveted championship rings.