After two years of rebuilding, the Houston Rockets are finally trending upwards. With the young core of Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., and Jabari Smith II, the future is bright in Houston. But how good can this team be? And can they be this years dark horse play-in team? Let’s take a look at the Rockets 2022-2023 season preview.
2021-2022 Record: 20 – 62 (Missed Playoffs)
Key Losses: John Wall, Christian Wood, Dennis Schroeder
Key Additions: Jabari Smith II, Tara Eason, TyTy Washington Jr
Projected Starting Lineup
PG – Kevin Porter Jr
SG – Jalen Green
SF – Eric Gordon
PF – Jabari Smith Jr
C – Alperen Sengun
2022-2023 Season Preview
Projected Record: 31 – 51
The Houston Rockets are coming off a disappointing 2020-2021 season where they finished with a record of 20-62. Head coach Stephen Silas was able to implement his system and culture, but the team struggled to win games. The silver lining for the Rockets is that they were able to develop their young players and get a high draft pick.
With the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Rockets selected Jalen Green. Green is an electric scorer with unlimited potential.This past Draft the Rockets selected Jabari Smith II, a hyper athletic PF who can stretch the floor and play excellent help defense. Add in Kevin Porter Jr and Alperen Sengun and the Rockets have an interesting and dynamic core to continue to build around. Perhaps the biggest question mark for the Rockets heading into next season is their head coach Stephen Silas. The front office has made it clear that they are not afraid to make changes if they feel like it is necessary. And if coach Stephen Silas isn’t able to show significant improvement for an expectant fan base theft seat can get very warm very quickly.
The Houston Rockets are heading into next season with high hopes. They have a young core of talented players, and they are hoping that those players can take a big step forward in their development.They have all the pieces in place to be a playoff team, but it remains to be seen if they can put it all together and reach their full potential.