Originally written on HoopStuff  |  Last updated 1/1/13
The Houston Rockets were among the biggest spenders early in free agency last summer, grabbing starting point guard and international sensation, Jeremy Lin, to be their starting point guard, after losing Goran Dragic and trading Kyle Lowry. They also signed Omer Asik, one of the better defensive centers in the league. They were able to steal both players from the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls respectively, by simply offering more than either team wanted to spend. However, by far the biggest move they made was a blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, netting them shooting guard James Harden and signing him to a maximum 5 year, 80 million-dollar contract. Harden had obvious potential as the reigning sixth man of the year and many expected big things, but Harden has rewarded the Rockets by becoming their best player, as he is the fourth leading scorer in the NBA. Harden looks to be the star they have lacked since Yao first injured his foot and then retired, which has Hou...
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