The Houston Rockets have established themselves as a work in progress that could develop into one of the best teams in the NBA. After 41 games into their season, we have learned a lot about the league's latest manufactured "super team."
As the team continues to build chemistry, we will get a better understanding for how good this team can be. Despite a litany of injuries, the Rockets clawed their way to the fifth-best record in the Western Conference at 26-15 (as of Jan. 16).
They are 14-12 within the West, including a 3-1 mark against San Antonio and Portland, which are currently the conference's top two teams. Houston has also dominated the inferior Eastern Conference to the tune of a 12-3 record.
The key to this success has been the combination of a high-octane offense and some strong play on the boards. The Rockets are fourth in the NBA in points per game with an average of 104.9 a night. They also average 45 rebounds per game, which is good for eighth best.
The talented trio of Dwight Howard, James Harden and Chandler Parsons have all put together All-Star-caliber seasons, but it doesn't stop there. From Terrence Jones to Jeremy Lin to Omri Casspi, Houston has benefited from a number of breakout performances.
As the team gets set to kick off the second half on Saturday against Milwaukee, let's take a look at what we have learned about the Rockets after the first half of the season.