Going into Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets had lost ten games in a row.
No team in the league, even one that is as lacking as Houston, wants to hit that sort of milestone.
But things got even worse: they were taken down by the Lakers and now have lost 11 games in a row.
Rockets this season:
— 30th in offensive rating
— 29th in net rating
— 28th in defensive rating
— 30th in turnovers
— 30th in FG%
— 29th in 3P%
Worst record in the league. pic.twitter.com/QMPTtHaFk1
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 17, 2023
When you dig into the statistics of the team, you see why they are in such bad shape.
They are 30th in offensive rating, 29th in net rating, 28th in defensive rating, 30th in turnovers, 30th in field goal percentage, and 29th in three-point percentage.
In other words, the Rockets are just about the worst team in the NBA when it comes to every aspect.
It’s not that the Rockets have horrible players – quite the opposite is true.
But that’s the thing: they are all very young and it’ll be a few seasons before they are able to capitalize on the potential they have.
A team like the Rockets is in a tough spot because few established players will want to come work for them but fans do not want to sit around and wait for them to develop and become good.
There have been rumors of James Harden possibly leaving the Philadelphia 76ers after this season and returning to the Rockets.
If that happened, Harden would return to a team that has some up-and-comers who need guidance and leadership.
Could he provide that?
Since the playoffs are out of the picture, the best thing the Rockets can do is work on team chemistry and start foreseeing a bright future.