The Houston Rockets are familiar foes for the Golden State Warriors, and on their list of top Western Conference threats, the Rockets come in at No. 4. It’s difficult to see how the Rockets got that much better this offseason, adding Russell Westbrook and dishing out Chris Paul.
Could Paul have been a better fit alongside former MVP James Harden? It’s at least a conversation, so before we give Houston the credit they deserve, we need to see this poetry in motion.
That transaction was, however, the main move for Houston this offseason.
They’ll also return Harden, Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker, the core that made them a title contend. They weren’t quite there the last two seasons and there’s no reason to believe they got significantly better unless their deal to secure Westbrook works out in the best way possible.
With most of their cap tied up and little assets that they’d want to trade, the Rockets won’t be getting much better midseason either. That being said, if it all works out, they could be the best team in the NBA, but that’s doubtful.