Blending Harden, Lin and Asik

Rockets offense can be dynamic, but team needs time to mesh

Updated: November 7, 2012, 6:07 PM ET
By David Thorpe | ESPN Insider
James HardenGarrett Ellwood/Getty ImagesJames Harden no longer has the luxury of two All-Stars drawing defenders off of him.

Even with the acquisition of guard James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Houston Rockets still are flush with assets that will help general manager Daryl Morey bring more talent to his team in the future.

However, let's break down what he has today, namely Harden and how he will mesh with Morey's most recent free-agent acquisitions -- point guard Jeremy Lin and center Omer Asik -- as well as the rest of Houston's offensive roster.

From an X's and O's perspective, Morey might have found an ideal trio that will develop over time. But as Bradford Doolittle pointed out, Morey's wheeling and dealing has turned over the roster so violently that just 13.5 percent of the minutes return from last year's squad. And only one player accustomed to starting -- second-year man Chandler Parsons -- returns this season. The team was trying to develop chemistry during the preseason, but has to reset with Harden.


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