With the addition of center Dwight Howard, expectations will be raised exponentially for the Houston Rockets this season. All eyes will be watching how the NBA's newest superteam will fare in its first year.
Howard will join James Harden and Chandler Parsons to form one of the league's scariest trios. The big man's presence alone puts the Rockets in the NBA championship discussion. He gives the team a reliable option in the post and improves a defense that finished 28th in points allowed last season.
The biggest question is: Can the three-time Defensive Player of the Year handle the pressure of carrying a franchise?
With the spotlight on him during his lone season in Los Angeles, Howard and the Lakers stumbled out of the gate and crawled into the playoffs as the seventh seed. They were eventually swept in the first round.
This past summer, Howard was able to handpick where he wanted to play for the first time as a pro. After forcing his way out of Orlando two years ago, the former No. 1 overall pick ended up in Hollywood only after his initial desire to go to Brooklyn fell through.
Now that he's in Houston, many will have an opinion on how they think his debut season will go. Following suit, here are a few bold predictions for D12's first year with his new team.