At the beginning of the season, the Rockets looked like a team that had no shot at coming anywhere near the playoffs, and they were on their way to a lottery pick. All this talk came about when Yao Ming went down with a season-ending foot injury, and Tracy McGrady was lost for most of the season.
The Rockets have taken that criticism and built a tremendous season to the half-way point. Many of the players in this awards show were looked at as guys who would not be starting on many other teams in the league. Except for Luis Scola and Shane Battier, the rest of the team looked like overachievers, but at the moment our guys have become true players that have broken out for huge seasons.
Aaron Brooks, Trevor Ariza, and Carl Landry have become the core of this team for years to come and should be ideal in the leading this team to many successful seasons.
So far, the Rockets have managed to reach the half-way point with a 23-18 record and only 4.5 games out of the division lead. While we are on the outside looking in into the playoff picture, if the Rockets can keep playing the way they have been making the playoffs looks like a real possibility and will cause many fans to call the year a great success.