- 7. Houston Rockets
Houston’s season ended with a reported rift between the team’s starting and highly-paid back court after a second-round exit in the playoffs. Now that all parties have said that everything is “OK” and the Rockets not being able to trade for another star (Jimmy Butler), the focus is attempting to make the finals for the first time since 1995. Now if this team can avoid the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs, they might have a chance (Golden State has eliminated them in 4 of the last 5 years in the playoffs).
Anytime you have James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capella and Eric Gordon as a main group, your team will be a contender. The real question is can Darryl Morey find some players that can provide some secondary help all different areas on the roster. Houston has 50 regular season win potential, but how far they go in the playoffs is the real question that has to be solved.
That is what I had originally had written, so I decided to keep because..
At 8:40 PM on July 12th, 2019, everything changed.
Houston traded Paul for Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook.
Now the real question for the Rockets is can Westbrook and Harden play together and not get in each other’s way so that they can both get to their goal of making it back to the NBA Finals. Otherwise, this could end up with another earlier than expected exit in the playoffs.