Stats #8 to 10: Addition vs. Subtraction with the big picture
9. Turnovers per game, NBA rank: 16th
Controlling the ball and making clean passes play important roles in offensive efficiency. As a
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team, the Rockets rank 16th, right in the middle of the pack. On average, the Rockets relinquish control of the ball slightly more than 15 possessions each contest. Leading the NBA, the revamped Dallas Mavericks are the only team to average less than 13 turnovers per game.
10. Assists per game, NBA rank: 26th
Identifying passing opportunities for teammates to receive the ball and score is essential. The Rockets are tied for the fifth-worst assists per game mark in the NBA, averaging slightly less than 22 assists per contest. However, the lack of assists is arguably indicative of the team’s strategic commitment to an iso-ball offense.
Where do these Rockets fly next?
Perhaps the most telling category of all concerning the Rockets remains hidden from any individual game’s box score. In other words, Houston’s win-loss record of 19-9 provides evidence that directly testifies to naysayers that the Rockets are not a flop, though they are struggling to become more efficient through iso-ball growing pains.
The Rockets are on a collision course with a postseason playoff berth. Not a bad problem to have—just ask the 16 teams that do not make the postseason—but with two-thirds of the season yet to tip-off, can a Rockets’ lineup with Russell Westbrook instead of Chris Paul soar higher than ever before? How deep can these Rockets go? Hold on, Houston, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
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