The Houston Rockets enter the 2013-14 regular season with a roster that looks much different than it did just one calendar year ago.
While the main core remains the same, many role players have changed teams since last October. The Rockets' changes have been for the best, though, as general manager Daryl Morey was aggressive during the offseason in acquiring top talent.
On paper, this year's Rockets are significantly improved over last year's squad. On paper, it means nothing, though. We won't see how well this team plays together until the first few games of the regular season. It's hard to gauge a team during the preseason. Players often don't play a ton of minutes and are working out the kinks after a long offseason.
During the first few weeks or so, we'll see just who the real Rockets are. If the analysts around the NBA are correct, then it should be an exciting season in Houston.