The Houston Rockets were successful last season because of their combination of earth-scorching offense and very solid, complimentary defense that was overshadowed by the stirring of many pots.
Flash forward and USA TODAY's AJ Neuharth-Keusch is naming the Houston Rockets first on his list of most disappointing teams this NBA season. You already know the reasons..
1. Houston Rockets
2014-15 result: 56-26, loss in Western Conference Finals
Current record: 12-12
Consensus: The Rockets have found themselves in a hole that they just can't seem to get out of. In the wake of their best season since the Hakeem Olajuwon days in the '90's, with one of the best starting lineups (on paper) and the reigning players' choice MVP in James Harden, Houston has failed miserably to meet their expectations so far.
2014-15 team stats per game - Points: 103.9, opponent points: 100.5, point differential: +3.4, offensive efficiency (points per-100 possessions): 104.2, defensive efficiency (points allowed per-100 possessions): 100.5
2015-16 - Points: 104.2, opponent points: 106.8, point differential: -2.6, offensive efficiency: 102.1, defensive efficiency: 105.1
But the numbers shown here are definitive to some degree. The Rockets' defense has slipped mightily and their offense hasn't been able to compensate.
Let's take it one step further. What are your 5 most disappointing aspects of the Rockets this season?