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Houston Rockets Power Rankings Update Through Week 7

The Rockets went 1-2 for the week (Monday-Sunday), beating the Warriors while loosing to the Trail Blazers and Kings on their 3-game west coast trip. This week’s average rank for these publications is 7 while last week it was 5.67. Since these power rankings come out throughout the day on Monday, our national power rankings post will come out early Tuesday every week.


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


ESPN (Marc Stein)

Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 5

Houston has held it together pretty well through the Omer Asik saga, sporting a mark of 11-6 since Asik’s demotion from the starting lineup. You get the sense, though, that the other Rockets are more than ready for this thing to be over with Thursday as we’ve all been promised it will be.


CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Ranked – 5 | Last Week – 5

Just when we thought the Rockets were really fixing problems with consistency … they lose to the Kings.


Yahoo Sports (Marc J. Spears)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 6

Is Omer Asik on the move? He’s declining to answer questions about his trade request. (John Schuhmann)

Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 6

Houston (16-9)
Pace: 99.2 (5), OffRtg: 107.4 (3), DefRtg: 101.0 (9), NetRtg: +6.4 (6)
On Thursday, the Rockets outscored the Blazers 66-36 in the paint … and lost. On Friday, they got outscored 66-40 in the paint by the Warriors … and won. Paint points may be overrated, but rim protection is still important, so it will be fascinating to see what Daryl Morey gets for Omer Asik this week. A first-round draft pick would be nice, but a perimeter defender would make an impact right now.
This week: vs. CHI, @ IND, @ DET


USA Today (combination of writers)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 6

We are on Day 156 of the Omer Asik trade watch, which corresponds with the Dwight Howard Rockets era.


ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin)

Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 6

Omer Asik will be traded by Thursday night, the question now is where he lands and what the Rockets get. They are angling for a first-round pick but if they could get a stretch four or defensive help on the perimeter that would be good.


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