NBA Primetime: Houston Rockets 2010-11 Season Preview

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer ISeptember 20, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 12:  Aaron Brooks #0 of the Houston Rockets reacts during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats on January 12, 2010 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Bobcats won 102-94.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets

Last Season’s Record: 42-40 (.512)

2010-11 Season Record Prediction: 46-36 (.560)

Team Strengths

Houston signed veteran center Brad Miller this offseason to add depth to the center position. With Yao Ming being limited to only 24 minutes per contest, Miller will be provided with a bigger role as the team's second-string center.

Power-forward Luis Scola lead all players in PPG during the FIBA World Championships, averaging 27.1 points per game on 56.9 percent shooting from the field.

Scola, 30, will be entering his fourth season in the league and has continued to improve statistically in each and every season.

Reigning Most Improved Player of the Year Aaron Brooks has plenty of potential to emerge as a top guard in the league this season, especially with Trevor Ariza shipped to New Orleans. 

In addition, the Rockets have sharp-shooter Kevin Martin. Martin's personal coach David Thorpe had this to say about the guard,

"It's fair to say I'm not an expert in much, but I know what a good shooter looks like and I never had a shooter shoot like Kevin this summer."

Two seasons ago, K-Mart was one of the top scoring threats in the league, averaging 24.6 PPG before falling short to injury. If he could return to his All-Star potential form, the Rockets are in for a great season.

Team Weaknesses

The Rockets are composed of eight players that are 25 years of age or younger. 

While youth provides teams with raw talent and massive amounts of potential, it also supplies clubs with the lack of experience needed to make serious playoff runs.

Although Houston is composed of numerous veterans that have plenty of postseason experience, the ultimate concern will be whether or not those vets can lead their youngsters deep into the playoffs.

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