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The Houston Rockets had a 2015-16 season to forget

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 2:11 pm

The Houston Rockets had to fight tooth and nail to finish with a 41-41 record to secure the final spot in the Western Conference Playoffs, just one year after losing in the Western Conference Finals to the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.  This year they were knocked out in five games in the first round of the playoffs by those same Golden State Warriors.  The Rockets fired head coach Kevin McHale early in the season, with a 4-7 record.  J.B. Bickerstaff finished up the season by going 37-34.

TEAM MVPJames Harden, shooting guard – 26-year old shooting guard James Harden had an incredible year for the Rockets in 2015-16.  He played in 82 games (all starts) for the Rockets in 2015-16 and he averaged 38.1 minutes, 29.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  He had 23 Double-Doubles and 3 Triple-Doubles last year.  In the 32 games (all starts) in which Harden played at least 40 minutes, he averaged 42.4 minutes, 33.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

MOST IMPROVEDClint Capela, center – 21-year old center Clint Capela improved by leaps and bounds in his second year in the NBA.  Capela played in 77 games (35 starts) for the Rockets in 2015-16 and he averaged 19.1 minutes, 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.2 blocked shots per game.  He only shot 37.9% from the free throw line this year, which is horrid!  But, he did have 10 Double-Doubles for the Rockets last year.  In his 31 games in which he played at least 20 minutes, Capela averaged 25.6 minutes, 8.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTTerrence Jones, power forward – The Rockets expected Terrence Jones to build off his solid 2014-15 season, but that didn’t happen as he lived in the Dog House in 2015-16.  Jones played in 50 games (11 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 20.9 minutes, 8.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  After the All-Star Break, Jones only played in 5 games (0 starts) in which he averaged 8.2 minutes, 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.  In his 7 games (5 starts) in which Jones played at least 30 minutes, he averaged 34.3 minutes, 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

The Houston Rockets had a good season in 2012-13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Monday 6 May 2013 at 7:21 am

The Houston Rockets finally got back to the playoffs in 2012-13.  They finished in 3rd place in the Southwest Division with a 45-37 record, 13 games behind the Spurs.  The Rockets then took the Thunder to six games, playing very tough against them before bowing out.  Here is a look at the players that made the biggest impacts for the Rockets in 2012-13, in my opinion:

TEAM MVP:  James Harden:  23-year old shooting guard James Harden turned into a full fledged superstar for the Rockets in 2012-13.  He played in 78 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 38.3 minutes, 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game.  Harden had 9 double-doubles and 1 triple-double for the Rockets in 2012-13.  Harden had 65 games in which he scored at least 20 points, 5 games with 10 or more rebounds, 5 games with 10 or more assists and 21 games with 3 or more steals last year.  Harden gives the Rockets a young superstar to build their team around for the future.

BIGGEST SURPRISE:  Chandler Parsons:  24-year old small forward Chandler Parsons got a shot to play full-time with the Rockets in 2012-13 and he ran with it.  Parsons played in 76 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 36.3 minutes, 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  He had 8 double-doubles for the Rockets last year.  He scored at least 20 points in a game 22 times last year, he had at least 5 rebounds in 44 games, 17 games with 5 or more assists and 7 games with 3 or more steals last year.  The Rockets have to be excited about Parsons’ future.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:  Jeremy Lin:  24-year old point guard Jeremy Lin wasn’t the player the Rockets thought he would be when they signed him last summer.  He played in 82 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 32.2 minutes, 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  Lin had 9 double-doubles for the Rockets last year.  He also had 16 games with at least 20 points, 19 games with 5 or more rebounds, 56 games with 5 or more assists and 20 games with 3 or more steals in 2012-13.

The Houston Rockets are hanging onto the last spot in the playoffs heading into the All-Star Break

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Monday 18 February 2013 at 7:27 am

The Houston Rockets head into the All-Star Break with a 29-26 (52.7%) record.  They are holding onto the #8 spot in the Western Conference, 13.5 games behind the Spurs and 3 games ahead of the Blazers.  Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Rockets up to the All-Star Break:

Team MVP:  James Harden – 23-year old shooting guard James Harden has been a godsend for the Rockets.  He has played in 53 games (all starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 38.2 minutes, 26.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game.  Harden is a legit candidate to win an MVP Award in the NBA if he has a huge second half of the year.

Biggest Surprise:  Marcus Moore – 23-year old small forward Marcus Moore showed next to nothing last year as a rookie.  He has played in 54 games (17 starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 21.4 minutes, 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.

Biggest Disappointment:  Toney Douglas – 26-year old PG/SG Toney Douglas has played in 49 games (0 starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 18.6 minutes, 8.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game…..but he’s only shooting 39.5% from the floor.

The 2011-12 season was a disappointing one for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by alleyoop on Tuesday 8 May 2012 at 3:24 pm

The Houston Rockets were right in the playoff mix until the last week of the 2011-12 season. They made a deal to add veteran center Marcus Camby at the trade deadline in an effort to make a legit playoff run, which they did until falling just a tad short. The Rockets finished up with a 34-32 (51.5%) record in 2011-12. Here is the players who made the biggest impacts in my opinion for the Rockets in 2011-12:

Team MVP: Luis Scola – 32-year old power forward Luis Scola wins this award by default, due to his staying healthy the whole year. Scola played in 66 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 31.3 minutes, 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Biggest Surprise: Goran Dragic – When starting point guard Kyle Lowry went down to injury, 26-year old Goran Dragic really stepped up to replace him in the starting lineup and he was excellent. Dragic played in 66 games (28 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 26.5 minutes, 11.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He kept the starting job even when Lowry returned to action late in the year.

Biggest Disappointment: Samuel Dalembert – 30-year old center Samuel Dalembert played in 65 games (45 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 22.2 minutes, 7.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game. Dalembert’s inability to handle a full time workload spurred the Rockets to deal for Marcus Camby at the trade deadline.