By: Jordan Smith
With the Houston Rockets opening the NBA season tonight in LA against the Lakers, it got me thinking. What are we exactly gonna see from the new look Rockets this season? So, to accommodate that answer, here's my Houston Rockets 2014-2015 Season Preview.
The amount of Star Talent on this team has only gone down since the end of the Rockets' playoff run. The team lost Chandler Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks after the Rockets decided to not match the offer sheet from Dallas for the emerging star. Also, Jeremy Lin was traded to the Lakers to make room to afford Parsons and Bosh. But now, neither player is on the team.
The positive to the offseason is that the amount of experience and veteran leadership has risen dramatically. This is due to the Rockets trading for Jason Terry and signing Trevor Ariza in the off-season while also re-signing Francisco Garcia to the team. These veteran figures in the locker room will not only help out players like Isaiah Canaan and Tarik Black with their development on this squad.
The team as a whole is a nice mix of old and new. With James Harden and Dwight Howard leading the team at their young ages and the mix of veteran experience with Jason Terry and Trevor Ariza, it's a nice mix that also blends in with players like Francisco Garcia, Patrick Beverly, Isaiah Canaan, and Terrence Jones just to name a few. I'm really interested to see this squad come together to see what kind of team the Rockets have this season and where this squad can go in a tough Western Conference.
What do I think the Houston Rockets are going to do in the 2014-2015 Season? My prediction is that the Rockets will once again go to the playoffs and reach the second round of the playoffs with ease.
Record: 50-32, Playoff Berth