The 2010-2011 season may go down as one of the most important seasons in recent memory for the Houston Rockets. Other than in 2008 after the Ron Artest acquisition, there has not been this much excitement and anxiety about a basketball season in a very long time.
With Yao Ming coming back, Trevor Ariza out of town, and Kevin Martin beginning his first full season as a Houston Rocket, there are many story-lines for fans to follow this year.
Given that the Rockets are returning all of their key contributors save Ariza from last year, and have added Courtney Lee, Yao Ming, and Brad Miller into the fold, there certainly are grounds for excitement.
However, with the new faces comes one of the head coach's biggest duties: deciding the fate of his players. Who will start? Who will be on the bench? Who will be cut?
Pre-season is the perfect time to resolve those questions. Playing in games that matter for little other than fan enjoyment and team evaluations, coaches are able to put players in different situations to see how they react.
So, for the Rockets, who is impressing Coach Adelman? Who is moving up the depth chart and showing the team something they did not think they had?
Without further ado, I give you the five Rockets who have done the most this pre-season to impress the coach.