What's next for the Rockets?

Rebuild a first-year success, so where does Houston go from here?

Updated: May 16, 2013, 5:32 PM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider
James HardenDerick E. Hingle/USA TODAY SportsThough they were eliminated, James Harden and the Rockets have a bright future.

Although the Houston Rockets met their demise at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night, they shouldn't hang their heads.

One could argue that ending the regular season on back-to-back losses to the lowly Phoenix Suns and the ailing Los Angeles Lakers cost them a higher seed (and avoiding the Thunder), but the 2012-13 season can only be classified as an unequivocal success from a big-picture standpoint.

Here's a quick look at what went right and what went wrong with the Rockets. And more importantly, where do they go from here?

The Good

Acquiring James Harden: On Oct. 27, 2012, everything changed for Houston. Their plan of amassing assets for the sole purpose of acquiring a game-changing talent finally paid off with the acquisition of Harden.