Houston Rockets Odds, Calendar, Stats, Injuries 2022-23 NBA Season

Houston Rockets Last Season Performance.

With not much to hope for after a disappointing 2020-21 season (where they only won 17 games), Rockets fans were not expecting much more from the 2021-22 season when it came to wins. The Rockets disappointed once again after going 20-62, sitting in last place in the Western Conference and finishing up with the League’s worst record for a second consecutive season. That particular distinction guaranteed them a top-5 pick in this year’s draft.

There were plenty of individual bright spots throughout the season, headlined by the development of rookie guard Jalen Green and his historic 30-point scoring streak near its finish. But as a team, Houston ranked at or near the bottom of the league in many statistical categories, which is to be expected when accounting for their lowly record.

Jalen Green embarked on a tear during the final 24 games of the season, averaging 22.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent shooting from behind the arc. The pinnacle of Green’s rookie season took place on March 9, when he scored a then-career-best 32 points in a 139-130 overtime home victory against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Green experienced growth both on and off the court by the end of the 2022 campaign. His goals are no longer predicated on individual accolades. Heading into the 2023 season, Green is more fixated on the Rockets’ overall success. Green appeared in 67 games for the 20-62 Rockets. He averaged 17.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting from the field, 34.3 percent shooting from behind the arc.

Kevin Porter Jr. struggled to adjust to full-time point guard but found his groove during the second half of the year for the Rockets. An injury sidelined Porter for 12 total games in December. When he returned to the court against the Los Angeles Lakers 25 days later, Porter appeared to be an improved version of himself.

If it’s a similar blueprint that resulted in Jalen Green ending his rookie campaign with 41 points, 2023 will be a career year for Porter. Porter appeared in a career-high 61 games for the 20-62 Rockets. He averaged 15.6 points per game while shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from behind the arc, to go along with 6.7 assists.

Offensively, the Rockets ranked 26th in the League. The Rockets graded out better offensively than four of their closest draft lottery competitors (Portland, Detroit, Orlando, and Oklahoma City). The learning curve for young NBA players is usually steeper on defense than offense, so the rebuilding Rockets being comparatively better on offense isn’t very shocking.

To no surprise, an extremely young team without much in the way of interior rim protection was weak on the defensive end. The Houston Rockets closed out last season being ranked 30th in the league. Houston had a respectable middle-of-the-pack ranking in points per game, due in part to the extremely fast pace (101.2, No. 2 in the entire NBA) of Stephen Silas’ offense.

More possessions inherently bring more shot attempts and additional opportunities to score the basketball. However, advanced metrics show there’s more to it, and there were some genuine strengths to build on. Houston ranked No. 18 in true shooting percentage (56.5%) and No. 17 in effective field goal percentage (53.4%), which shows solid efficiency in the team’s shot profile.

Houston Rockets Off-Season Changes.

The Houston Rockets remain one of the NBA’s youngest teams. Yet, entering what is considered by most as the third season of a franchise rebuild, clear signs of optimism are emerging. It starts with second-year guard Jalen Green and rookie forward Jabari Smith Jr. Each excelled in the preseason while helping lead the Rockets to a 3-1 record as a team.

Green looks to have picked up where he left off in his dynamic 2021-22 rookie season. He finished with a historic scoring burst that led to his spot on the league’s All-Rookie first team.

Houston Rockets Key Additions.

Entering their second full year of a post-James Harden rebuild, the Rockets continued adding to their young core by making three first-round picks. Naturally, No. 3 pick Jabari Smith Jr. is most important to Houston’s future, supplying shooting and defensive versatility that should fit well with 2021 first-rounders Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun and Josh Christopher.

Also, Jae’Sean Tate was re-signed. The forward needs to improve as a shooter, but he’s a committed and hard-nosed defender who can move the ball from the forward position and dominate the offensive glass. He’s been in the 91st and 94th percentile, respectively, in offensive rebound rate during his first two years in the league, so his re-signing is definitely great news for Houston.

Houston Rockets Key Subtractions.

In this field, Houston waived as many as 7 players for the 222-23 season. Ty Jerome, Maurice Harkless, Theo Maledon, Trhae Mitchell, Willie Cauley-Stein, Pierria Henry and Derrick Favors are the names of the players that did not have any room in the Rockets’ roster.

Houston Rockets Head Coach Analysis.

Stephen Silas was named head coach in October of 2020 and appointed as the person in charge of revitalizing and rejuvenating the Houston Rockets’ organization. Stephen has had two very rough seasons, being the worst team in the league for two years in a row. However, the future looks bright for Silas and the Rockets, they’ve had two very good consecutive off-seasons and the 2022-23 season is expected to start looking a lot better for Houston.

Another season in basketball purgatory created a narrative for fans that Silas is not a good coach. Their frustrations are justified given Silas’ 37-117 record over the previous two seasons. But the most significant goal for Houston was the development of their young players. The Rockets’ growth from opening night to the season finale showcased why the 2022 campaign was a success for the Rockets. And why Silas is the most suitable coach to guide Houston’s rebuild.

Houston Rockets Betting Predictions for the 2022-23 Season.

The Rockets are at +100000 odds to win the NBA Championship this year and at +50000 to take the Southwest Division. It seems near impossible that Houston can put in a good season on the table.

The Rockets’ rebuilding project will continue, but they do hope to string some wins together. Houston labored through multiple prolonged losing streaks of 15, 12, 8 and 7 games last season.

Jalen Green stepped it up in the scoring department and Kevin Porter Jr has shown flashes at the guard position. The Rockets scooped up Jabari Smith Jr. with the number 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft and signed first-rounders Tari Easton and Tyty Washington, making a hodgepodge of young talent.

Jabari Smith Jr. is at +700 odds to win Rookie of the Year while Jalen Green is at +3000 odds to make Most Improved Player. Tari Eason is at +6000 odds to make Rookie of the year and Eric Gordon is at +7000 to make Sixth Man of the Year.

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Houston Rockets FAQs

When was the last time the Houston Rockets made the playoffs?

Houston made the playoffs consecutively since the 2012-13 season all the way to the 2019-20 season, they’ve missed two playoff rounds since then (2020-21, 2021-22). Their last participation in the 2019-20 season they reached the Conference Semifinals, where they lost 1-4 to the Lakers.

Do the Houston Rockets have a chance of winning the Western Conference title?

The Rockets are at +2500 odds of even making the playoffs as they’re still a team in the making, with many young players that still have to prove their value on the court, so it seems very unlikely (close to impossible) that we’re going to see Houston winning their Conference.

Have the Houston Rockets won an NBA championship?

Houston won their first NBA title in the 1993-94 season against the New York Knicks, after losing the title in the 80-81 and the 85-86 seasons, both against the Celtics. The Rockets went back-to-back in the 94-95 season after sweeping the Orlando Magic in the Finals.

Why are the Houston Rockets part of the NBA?

The Rockets officially joined the NBA all the way back in 1967, but as the San Diego Rockets, as part of a league expansion. It wasn’t until 1971, 4 years after their season debut, that they relocated to Houston, Texas and have been playing there ever since, becoming a famous and historic NBA team that has been home to great players in the likes of Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone, Clyde Drexler, Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady.

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