The Houston Rockets found a way this offseason to bring in Chris Paul to their fold, putting one of the best point guards in the league today side by side with superstar James Harden which makes Mike D'Antoni's famed offense much more lethal.
However, with new personnel, especially someone as big as Paul, comes the challenge of finding an identity, which James Harden believes is their ultimate hurdle in competing versus the mighty Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
James Harden believes Rockets have pieces to be legitimate challengers to Warriors. "We have to find our identity." pic.twitter.com/mKJDb28VHP
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 16, 2017
There is no doubt that the Rockets have a very formidable lineup, and also have a system in place that maximizes its players' potential while playing to the strengths of its leader in James Harden. Head coach Mike D’Antoni has done a marvelous job in making his players follow his own brand of basketball, consisting of a high-octane offense, centered around The Beard.
Now with more talent in their fold, Harden will not have to carry much of the offensive load anymore, and could return to his natural position of shooting guard, with Chris Paul running the point guard spot. They will just need to all co-exist on the floor, and find a way for Paul to blend in seamlessly. Should they be able to do that, the Rockets could easily give the Warriors, and the other contenders, a run for their money and emerge as serious title contenders this year.