With every edge needed in the stacked Western Conference, the Houston Rockets ought to tweak their rotation to maximize its effectiveness.
Despite some early growing pains working Dwight Howard into Kevin McHale's schemes, the Rockets have jumped out to a 23-13 record. Howard is now playing effectively in the post on both ends, while the high-octane offense is running opponents out of the gym as usual, powering the team through the unforgiving West.
The conference is so stacked that Houston can't rest on its encouraging play so far. Houston still sits in a tie for fifth place, five games back of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Seven of the 15 teams in the West are above .600, so the mandate to keep improving is real.
Daryl Morey doesn't have to make any more acquisitions for the Rockets to get better. It can be as simple as adjusting the minute distribution and incorporating some guys into the game plan even more.