The Houston Rockets went 54-28 last season, tying for the NBA’s fifth-best record.
They had 53 Pythagorean wins, ranking seventh in the league.
They scored 108.6 points per 100 possessions (ranking fourth) and allowed 103.1 points per 100 possessions (ranking 12th).
Though they lost in the first round, their two playoff wins ranked 14th.
In a league with 30 teams, that puts the Rockets squarely above median in all those major categories.
Rockets general manager Morey, via the Associated Press:
”Overall we were an average team, we want to be a top-10 team,” Morey said. ”If we can be a top-10 team on both sides of the ball that’s the entry card to compete for a championship.”
That sounds like a man with a lot of job security, downplaying his team’s success.
That also sounds like a man trying to justify shedding so many key pieces (Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik) without getting much return.
Can the Rockets improve from last season? Of course. A reasonable case exists it was worth sacrificing Parsons, Lin and Asik in an attempt to upgrade.
But let’s not pretend last year was some failure. That was a darn good team Morey broke up, and he has to own that.