Why Doesn’t Anyone Respect The Rockets?

Maybe it’s GM Daryl Morey and his unique perspective on building a roster. Maybe no one wants to take Dwight Howard seriously or maybe it’s because James Harden’s style of play is typically associated with an albatross.

It doesn’t matter. They should be respected because they are right up there with the other contenders. The West is a free for all. Nothing is guaranteed. If a couple of things break the right way for them and the wrong way for some other teams, they could become the best team.

They really improved their depth at the point guard spot with the Ty Lawson trade. That was their biggest issue in the playoffs, without starter Patrick Beverly. Down the stretch James Harden would handle the ball. The experts are busy talking about the Clippers newfound depth, but the Rockets depth is hugely underrated. Anything can happen in the West.

Now let’s take a look at some predictions to finish things off for everyone.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.