Houston Rockets: Where Do They Stand In The West?

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Where do they stand in the Western Conference?

With all that said, we project them falling to the 5th or 6th seed in this brutality tough Western Conference. Teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers are already leaps and bounds ahead of Houston.  Teams like Portland and Golden State look poised to surpass them unless some sort of deal is made at the deadline in February.

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New additions might make up for some of the production lost from Asik, Lin and Parsons. They certainly can’t replace them completely. As we’ve said before on House Of Houston, Houston looks to improve significantly on the defensive end largely in part to the acquisition of Trevor Ariza but they did take a significant step back on the offensive end.  It’s important to keep that in mind going into next season.

However, surprises can happen in the NBA.  While all signs point to the Rockets finishing farther down than they were last year, anything is certainly possible in this league.

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