The Houston Rockets are steadily getting better as they sit comfortably with the 3rd seed in the Western Conference. Their confidence is rising and I’m wondering if people aren’t paying enough attention. 7-3 in their last 10 games, the Rockets are 2nd in scoring in the NBA. Playing through James Harden has been their bright spot this season. Moving him to point guard and forcing defenses to react to his craftiness has been a work of art.
GM Daryl Morey acquired all the right pieces to put around him and he deserves a lot of credit for that. Their role players have meant a lot to their success this season and a big part of that has been their 3-point shooting. They lead the league in 3-pointers made with 14.7 per game and Darryl Morey is fully aware of that. Their squad of shooters insists of guys like Harden, Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and their new addition, Lou Williams. Morey had one thing on his mind when constructing this team and that was the Golden State Warriors.
.@dmorey:"We figured our chance to beat Golden State was to send them a barrage of 3-pointers.We've got guys that can put them n the basket"
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) February 24, 2017
The addition of Williams was a stellar move by their management. He’s having a great year and he adds another scoring element to co-exist alongside Eric Gordon with that second unit. He also has the ability to spot up and shoot as well which is what is required when playing aside James Harden. In his first two games with the Rockets, Lou dropped 27 and 17 points respectively with a total of 9/18 from behind the arc. Williams and Gordon are the two leaders in scoring off the bench respectively and now they’re on the same team which poses a huge threat to their opponents.
This roster that has been put together in Houston is something to look out for. Although they were already playing solid, I believe they took their team to another level with the Lou Williams trade. With one of the leading MVP candidates and a bunch of shooters around him, the Houston Rockets are a serious threat in the Western Conference. Despite Golden State looking like the leading juggernaut, we should all be aware of what’s going on in Houston.