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Houston Rockets Stats, Odds, Standings and Schedule for 2023-24 NBA Season

Houston Rockets Last Season Performance.

The Houston Rockets have been trending downward since James Harden requested a trade before the 2020-21 season started. Last season, they tied for the worst record in the Western Conference, 22-60. NBA odds did not have them doing much better, with the Rockets over/under set at 23.5 wins.

However, there was some hope for Houston. Because of three terrible seasons, the Rockets have had high picks in the draft. Jalen Green was selected in 2021 and showed last season that he could be the team’s leading scorer. Jabari Smith Jr. was a rookie last season, picked third overall in 2022. He struggled early but played well in the final month. On top of that, the Rockets have a lot of young talent in Tari Eason and Alperen Şengün.

Still, the lack of success in the last three seasons under head coach Stephen Silas led to him being fired. The Rockets did a lot this offseason to change their NBA lines for the future, starting with a coaching change and big moves in free agency.

Offseason Changes

Key Additions

Houston’s roster underwent a complete overhaul, with the franchise trying to change its NBA playoff odds. That started by signing free agents Fred VanVleet and Dillon Brooks to massive contracts. VanVleet signed for $128.5 million over three years, and Brooks got four years, $86 million. Both players are immediate starters, raising the Rockets’ ceiling.

The rest of the Rockets signings in the offseason were to add valuable role-playing veterans. The culture in the Rockets locker has been without leadership due to the amount of young players and lack of success. Jeff Green will be the new locker room leader, coming fresh off an NBA Championship. Aaron Holiday and Jock Landale round out the bench.

With another top-5 lottery pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, the Rockets selected Amen Thompson, a long, athletic playmaking wing. The NBA draft also fell in favor of the Rockets, being able to select a talented scorer in Cam Whitmore with the 20th pick.

Key Losses

Now that the Rockets decided to go out and add a lot of players in free agency, they had to cut the roster down. Houston traded away some of its young players to open up space for incoming signings. Josh Christopher, Usman Garuba, K.J. Martin, and TyTy Washington, Jr. were all traded.

They also let low-impact players like D.J. Augustin, Frank Kaminsky, and Daishen Nix walk in free agency.

Coach: Ime Udoka

When Houston hired Ime Udoka as the team’s next head coach, it shocked NBA news. In his first season as a head coach, Udoka led the Boston Celtics to the 2022 NBA Finals, losing to the Golden State Warriors.

However, the Celtics suspended Udoka in the preseason of the 2022-23 season, reportedly due to a romantic relationship with a staff member, violating team rules. He was suspended for the season and eventually replaced, leading to the Rockets signing a championship-level coach.

Houston Rockets Strength: Legit Talent

After an offseason of acquiring legit talent, the Rockets’ outlook on the 2023-24 season is very different than the seasons before. VanVleet was an All-Star in 2021-22 but took a minor step back last season. His shooting numbers dropped 39.3% from the field, averaging 19.3 points and 7.2 assists per game. VanVleet is still an upgrade over all the point guards the Rockets have had the last three seasons.

Brooks is also a significant addition to the team. Despite his career with the Memphis Grizzlies being ruined by poor offensive performances and trash-talking, he did make an All-Defensive team last season. Brooks is an elite perimeter defender and will help the Rockets on that end of the court, even with his offensive shortcomings.

Then there are a bunch of young players who can impact winning but have not been given the chance to do so yet. Green led the team in scoring with 22.1 points per game, with Kevin Porter Jr. behind him at 19.2. Şengün blossomed last season, averaging 14.8 points and nine rebounds per game. Eason only started five games but was a great role player off the bench. Smith struggled early but, through the final 21 games, averaged 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds.

Houston Rockets Weakness: Too Much Youth Still

This new roster has a chance to challenge NBA picks to make the Play-In Tournament in 2023-24. However, the youth of the roster is still concerning. Green, Smith, Şengün, and Eason have less than two or fewer years of NBA experience. Those four will be a massive part of the team’s success.

On top of that, the Rockets have two new rookies, Thompson and Whitmore, who are talented enough to get legit minutes in the NBA. The only issue is that if the Rockets are trying to win, it will be hard to play rookies heavy minutes. Plus, with how many young players on the roster need development for the future, having two more with high upside will be difficult to work around.

Managing the young players will challenge Udoka while he tries to lead the Rockets in a winning direction.

Houston Rockets Predictions

The Rockets have attempted to remake their whole roster behind a new coach to make a run at a play-in spot. With the talent on the roster, it does seem like the Rockets might be able to make noise in the West, but a Play-In spot or playoffs seems like a reach.

Houston is still a young team trying to figure things out. This might be the last season of the rebuild for the Rockets, building momentum for 2024-25.

Can the Houston Rockets make the playoffs in 2023-24?

No, the Houston Rockets can’t make the playoffs this season, but the Play-In Tournament might be possible, however unlikely.

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Will Houston Rockets head coach Ime Udoka win Coach of the Year?

There is a chance that Ime Udoka can win coach of the year, especially if the Houston Rockets somehow make the Play-In tournament, getting 40 wins.

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Does Jalen Green have a chance to win Most Improved Player?

If the Houston Rockets are going to have any success, Jalen Green will be the team’s primary scorer. If he can somehow be an All-Star, Green could win Most Improved Player.

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