Improvement is commonplace around this time of year, as New Year's resolutions influence people to make changes to better their lives.
The Houston Rockets could stand to make a few New Year's resolutions of their own.
Through play on Dec. 26, the Rockets are 20-11. They have shown that they can hang with the big boys of the Western Conference, but a few tweaks here and there to the roster or game plan would help to put them in an even better position to win games.
Houston's offseason acquisitions have put them in a great position to succeed. Dwight Howard and the other newcomers have gelled well with their new teammates, and Houston appears ready to contend for a high playoff seed in the West.
If they can abide by the following New Year's resolutions, then there's no reason to think that the Rockets can't make a run toward the top.