The addition of James Harden helped make the Houston Rockets a playoff team.
They hope the arrival of Dwight Howard brings even more success.
Wednesday night's opener in Houston against the inferior Charlotte Bobcats should provide a good chance to start in winning fashion.
Just over a year ago, the Rockets had Jeremy Lin and not much else in terms of star power or even recognizable names on a young and inexperienced team.
Houston traded for Harden just before the start of last season and he helped the Rockets return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Their offseason acquisition of Howard, combined with Harden's development, has catapulted the Rockets (45-37) from an afterthought in the Western Conference to a contender quicker than most anyone expected.
The challenge, of course, is for the Rockets to live up to expectations.
"We're definitely not going to be the favorite nor should we be, we've proven nothing," general manager Daryl Morey...