Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets are sitting in the 7th seed of the Western Conference looking up at teams like San Antonio, Golden State and OKC, but that won’t stop Dwight from believing that they can take it all.
“Regardless of how our season is going so far, regardless of the fact that we haven’t played up to our expectations, I really believe that we have a championship caliber team,” Howard said. “Nobody else has to believe it, and that’s fine. The whole world can be against us. But if those 15 guys in the locker room believe that we can win, then we will win. There’s no doubt about it. We had a great season last year, and the reason why we were able to come in the playoffs and do what we did is because we believed.”
The Rockets have a 35-35 record, which in previous years would’ve seen them out of the Western Conference playoff race but in what is now a top loaded conference, it’s enough to presumably squeeze into the first round.
One of the reasons the Rockets are mediocre, in play and record, is because of Dwight Howard’s sub-par season. Dwight is averaging 14.5 ppg, his lowest since his rookie season, and has his 3rd lowest rebound & minutes played totals of his career.
Dwight hasn’t been the same since his departure from Orlando and his teams’ playoff success of that period reflects his play.
The Rockets will most likely face the Spurs or Warriors in the 1st round of the playoffs and unless they get a Herculean effort from Harden or Dwight buys a time machine, it’s hard to see them moving further than the first round.