When Dwight Howard signed his contract in Houston this summer, the Rockets were thrilled to secure their second All-Star under contract for at least the next three seasons. Today, the label became formal as Howard was named to the All-Star Game alongside James Harden, giving the Rockets their first duo in the All-Star Game since the McGrady-Yao era.
Harden has had an impressive but somewhat up-and-down 2013-14 campaign, continuing his strong play from last year, but has struggled with his shot from distance and has been criticized for his defense. He has, however, continued to make a mark and score in bunches for the Rockets who are gunning for homecourt in the West.
Howard has returned to form after a disappointing season with the Lakers, and has helped keep a defense afloat despite a lack of playmakers at any other positions. Daryl Morey thought that he merited a starting spot, but he will have to be happy settling for a reserve role. This marks his 8th straight All-Star Game.
Joining them in New Orleans will be Terrence Jones, who will be playing in the Rookie-Sophomore game.