In spite of failing to make an epic splash this summer, the Houston Rockets are still one of the top teams in all of basketball heading into the 2018-19 season.
Despite coming into last season with countless questions surrounding how their star-studded backcourt and new insertions would fit alongside one another, the Houston Rockets managed to take the next step in their climb toward contender status under head coach Mike D’Antoni.
In an 82-game regular season slate that managed to play out in the form of a fairy tale, Houston proved to be opposing teams’ kryptonite all year long, dominating them en route to a franchise-record 65 wins. The Rockets catapulted themselves to the top of the standings for the first time in team history, finishing the campaign with the best record in the league and putting together a playoff run that nearly resulted in a trip to the NBA Finals.
Now, the Rockets will attempt to recreate the same success from a year ago, as the team that nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets ever strives to capture its first title in 24 years.
Can the squad that put together the longest winning streak in the league last season find a way to provide Rockets fans with a championship this time around? Here are five reasons to be excited for the 2018-19 campaign.