But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
The Rockets are just beginning to establish themselves as a team that can go deep into the playoffs. There are many other teams in the league that boast championship-caliber talent.
The Rockets will likely have Howard, Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Francisco Garcia and Chandler Parsons start next season. While this lineup has a ton of potential, they will still need to prove that they can hang with the top teams in the Western Conference.
Here are five teams that will have better records than the Rockets during the 2013-14 NBA season.