The Houston Rockets have jumped out to a fast start with a record of 11-5 (as of Nov. 28). However, for the team to live up to their lofty expectations, they will need a select few to improve certain aspects of their game.
The Rockets have established themselves as one of the league's best teams, mainly due to feasting on lesser opponents. Of the team's 11 wins, only four have come against teams that currently have a winning record.
Houston has won six of its last seven games against opponents with a combined record of 51-58. Their next game is a showdown with the woeful Brooklyn Nets (4-11) on Nov. 29.
The team has been lucky to be this successful despite a rash of injuries and some early-season sputtering by some key players. Inspired performances from the likes of point guard Jeremy Lin and forward Terrence Jones have helped out tremendously.
If the Rockets are to realize their goal of winning a championship this season, they will need others to step up. Here are five players that have to raise their game as the season progresses.