November 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) before playing against Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Power Rankings Update Through Week 1

With a perfect 3-0 record through the first week, the Rockets jumped even higher in the power rankings. Since most power rankings come out either yesterday or today, we will post weekly Rockets power rankings updates on every Tuesday. Last week the average rank for these publications was 6.29, and this week it’s 2.5.


Note: National power rankings don’t take into account any of Monday’s NBA action


ESPN (Marc Stein)

Ranked – 2 | Last Week – 5

They were supposed to be good, so there’s little Philly-style shock value in the Rockets’ 3-0 launch. Yet you have to say that Saturday night’s big rally in Utah was impressive. Ditto for the Dwight-led defense in general that has Houston on the brink of its first 4-0 mark since way back in 1996-97.


CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Ranked – 4 | Last Week – 6

The offense hasn’t blown the doors off and they’re playing surprisingly slow, but they’re also very much in control so far.


Yahoo Sports (Marc J. Spears)

Ranked – 3 | Last Week – 6

Dwight Howard returns to Los Angeles on Monday night, albeit to play the Los Angeles Clippers, not his old Lakers. Lakers play at Houston on Thursday, albeit without Kobe Bryant. (John Schuhmann)

Ranked – 3 | Last Week – 6

Pace: 97.5 (17), OffRtg: 108.5 (5), DefRtg: 94.7 (4), NetRtg: +13.8 (1)
It remains to be seen if the twin tower combination is ever going to work (Dwight Howard and Omer Asik are a minus-1 in 34 minutes together), but the Rockets’ single-tower lineups are functioning just fine thanks to Francisco Garcia’s hot shooting (10-for-20 from 3-point range) off the bench and that James Harden guy. Two games against the Clips this week could be telling for both teams.
This week: @ LAC, @ POR, vs. LAL, vs. LAC


USA Today (Combination of writers)

Ranked – 1 | Last Week – 7

Dwight Howard has decided his job is to grab every single rebound. Lakers fans are rolling their eyes.


ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Hulin)

Ranked – 2 | Last Week – 7

So far, so good — they have the best point-per-possession differential in the league (+13.8 per 100 possessions). However, the Dwight Howard/Omer Asik pairing has struggled, -1.4 per 48 minutes so far. Expect that combo to go the way of the Dodo soon.


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