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3 Hot Takes for the Houston Rockets This Season

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The Houston Rockets have had their fair share of breaking news and bombshells this off-season. The Rockets will be going into the 2020-21 season with as many question marks as answers.

With a new general manager, new coaching staff, and a new man running the point the Rockets are the biggest wild card in the league this year. There are questions at every facet of the game for the Rockets. With that here are three hot takes for the Houston Rockets upcoming season.

Wall and Cousins Will Finish First and Second in Comeback Player of the Year

Two of the biggest questions that were mentioned earlier are John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. The Rockets made a big splash by signing Cousins and trading Wall for Russell Westbrook in a blockbuster trade. Both players are also coming off major injuries.

Cousins missed last year when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) before the start of last season. Wall has been out for the last two seasons after he suffered a ruptured left Achilles. Both injuries are challenging to come back from and especially to get back to elite level play after recovery. Both players, though, have looked great in off-season workouts and say they are feeling great.

Kevin Durant recently spoke about how Wall looked during pickup games he was a part of recently.

If Cousins and Wall can remain relatively healthy, both should have a great chance at winning comeback player of the year. Maybe even co-winners.

Eric Gordon Will Be in the Running for Most Improved Player

Mention the name Eric Gordon in any Houston Rockets chat and you are bound to get plenty of angry replies. Gordon has gone from one of the best Rockets playoff performers and a former 3-point champion to a player most requested to be traded by Rockets fans.

Last year was probably Gordon’s worst as a pro as he struggled with injuries and horrible shooting all year. Gordon shot his second-worst 3-point percentage and average his second-lowest points per game last year. Gordon did improve in the playoffs but it was still a down year for the former Hoosier.

There are two reasons he can have a bounce-back year this season. First, he will come into the season fully healthy and having a full off-season to train. Last year Gordon started the season hurt and never recovered from missing most of the first half of the season.

Second, with the Russell Westbrook trade for Wall, the Rockets have a more pure point guard to play with the second unit when Harden is resting and Wall is a much better fit next to Gordon than Westbrook ever was. Gordon has had an up and down stint with the Houston Rockets but this upcoming season has a possibility of being one of his best.

James Harden Will Win MVP with the Houston Rockets

This may be the hottest of hot takes considering a few things. First is the multiple reports that Harden does not want to be on the Rockets anymore. Second, the Rockets aren’t expected to make much of an impact in the Western Conference. Most “experts have the Rockets from the middle of the pack to fight for a playoff spot.

With not many expecting a lot from Wall this season, if Harden comes out and dominates as usual on offense and continues his excellent defense from the bubble, the narrative will flip to Harden carrying a sub-par Rockets team to one of the best teams in the west. This also depends on where the Rockets finish in the standings. If the Rockets finish top three or four, it will probably be because of the former MVP.

If Harden goes from almost certainly being traded to leading the Rockets to home-court advantage in the playoffs, Harden will have a great chance at a second MVP award.

Conclusion

If any of these hot takes come true the Rockets will be on their way to a great season. Going from complete turmoil during the off-season to possibly having another MVP, possible most improved player and comeback player of the year would be a huge accomplishment in what was supposed to be a lost season.

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Contributing Writer for Space City Scoop, and a podcast host for Clutch City Control Room. I am also the creator of Rockets For Life. My articles have been featured on Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, and Apple News.