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The Rockets' bench, the Ty Lawson effect, and the Second Best Team in the Southwest

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In today's Rocket Fuel, the Rocket's bench is praised, the effects of Ty Lawson are discussed, and the Rockets are predicted to finish second in the Southwest division.

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The week is half over. To help get you over the hump, here are today's stories about the Rockets.

Could Lawson put Rockets over the top in West? | NBA.com

"Lawson's ability as a secondary ball handler and scorer could make a potent offense off-the-charts better."

Shining a spotlight on the three best second-unit rotations in the NBA | SI.com

The Rockets are ridiculously deep heading in to the season. Don't believe me? Sports Illustrated thinks the Rockets have one of the three best bench units in the NBA (Also, the Celtics? Really?).

Season Preview: Houston Rockets | HoopsHype

HoopsHype previews the Rockets and where they stand heading in to the 2015-2016 season. A lot of great information here, with a quick summary of each player and their strengths and weaknesses.

Why The Houston Rockets Can Win The '15-'16 Championshi | House of Houston

Are you that guy that always predicts his team to win the title each season? Are the Rockets the team you're picking this season? Well then you'll love this article.

Houston Rockets are No. 35 in Ultimate Standings

In ESPN The Magazine's annual ranking of 122 pro sports teams, the Houston Rockets are ranked 35th. The categories voted on include title track, ownership, coaching, players, fan relations and many others. Is this ranking too high, too low, or just right?

With Aldridge on board, Spurs the team to beat in Southwest | NBA.com

Here's a breakdown of the teams the Rockets will crush, embarrass, and destroy compete against in their division on their path to the playoffs.