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.