Here are just a few things that I think should happen in order for us to reach our goal which is winning the NBA Title. You may or may not agree with them but I think they make sense (even if you don't care what I think).
1) Obviously, our defense must improve back to the top 10 level it has been for most of the last decade. Having a healthy big Chinese guy in the middle could make a huge difference. Drivers to the basket would think twice about attempting layups and would just settle for jumpshots (which are lower percentage shots). This is the single most important thing the team has to accomplish as a whole.
2) Chase Budinger has to play like a starter. His growth and development is important to the second unit because of his all around game. His skill set and composure are rare in a young player. He can pass, shoot, dribble, slash, and he can rebound. If our team defense is superb then I wouldn't worry too much about his individual defense. He needs to get close to as many minutes as Shane Battier in my opinion. Lets face it guys, Battier has lost more than a step and he an offensive liability, especially when he doesn't have a premier wing player to guard. Battier is almost usless when he isn't guarding Melo, Lebron, Kobe etc....This is where Chase comes in and showcases his skills and develops into a sneaky good player. I am by no means trying to put down Battier but that is just the truth.
3) With all of the talent on this team Aaron Brooks no longer has to be the go to scorer. So far this preseason he has been assisting better and defending well. His development as a floor leader is the most important thing to our offense since he will most likely get the most time at the point. If his assist to turnover ratio improves then you will see a top offensive team here in Houston. Look for his shooting percentages to increase as well as his assists. Also look for his scoring to come down a little bit with more offensive weapons to pass to. He will be the engine to our offense as Yao will be the hammer to our defense.
4) The second unit has to either maintain leads, increase leads, or get us back in the lead. They have to create turnovers, rebound, and run.Seeing as no other bench in the NBA is as talented or hard nosed this will not be a hard task.