Roster Reload: Houston Rockets

With duo of Harden and Howard, talented roster may only need minor tweaks

Updated: May 3, 2014, 2:10 AM ET
By Bradford Doolittle and Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

RocketsAndrew Richardson/USA TODAY SportsThe superstar trio of Howard, Harden and Parsons led the Rockets to postseason play.

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Interpreting the Houston Rockets' season is defined by the type of person you are: If you're an optimist, you'll point to a 54-win campaign, an improved defense that was in the top half of the league, and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs; if you're a pessimist, you point out that the perimeter defense was less than desirable, the team underachieved in wins and got its lunch handed to it in a first round matchup against a team it owned in the regular season -- even if, as GM Daryl Morey tweeted after their Game 4 loss, they were on the wrong end of coin flips.

The Rockets enter the offseason with some potential cap flexibility and a talented roster needing minor tweaks, but also a dark cloud of questions about the viability of their superstar combo of James Harden and Dwight Howard, and whether head coach Kevin McHale is the right man for the job.