Experience Number NBA starts: JHard - 21 2Pat - 20 JLin - 31 Asik - 16 Mook - 1 Total Team Starts minus Parssons = 89 Chandler Parsons Total Starts = 71 We all know this is the youngest team in the NBA but what is just as amazing is the number (or lack of) NBA starts the team has. By far the player on the team with the most NBA starts is Chandler Parsons, a 2nd round pick with less than a seasons worth of starts under his belt. The rest of the team as a whole barely has a seasons worth of starts combined. For a team that is both the youngest in the NBA and the least experienced in terms of age, NBA total experience and NBA starting experience; every win against end older more experienced NBA teams should be seen as a major accomplishment. The team looks to be figuring it out a lot faster than most NBA so called experts thought. Wins against ATL, CHI & NYK have got to be considered unexpected for such a young and inexperienced team. Of course a major test starts tonight against OKC. Trends In the first 5 games the Rockets averaged 19.4 turn overs a game with a high of 21 and a low of 18. In the last 9 games the Rockets are averaging 15.1 with a high game of 23 and a low game of 11. That is an improvement of better than 4 turnovers a game in a very short time. The 15.1 turnovers in the last 9 games would put Houston right in the middle of the league for turn overs a game. As it stands now they are currently next to last with 16.8 turn overs a game. That's an amazing improvement for the youngest team in the NBA in terms of both age and experience. Chandler, 2Pat and JLin are also trending upward. Both Asik and JHard are performing as expected or maybe even a little better bit the only thing we really need to so from those guys, is can they keep it up throughout the season. Parsons has played well all year, but in the 1st few games he didn't really look like there was any major improvement from last season. In the first 4 games he averaged 8.5 PPG, .324 FG%, .250 3pt%. In the last 10 games he has shown his improvement and in those games he is averaging 18.6 PPG, .518 FG%, .474 3pt%. That's just amazing IMO for a player that does not even have a season full of starts under his belt. As is the case with all of the Rockets, the question is, can he maintain this production throughout the season? Isn't it logical to assume that he is still improving and we still have not seen his best? That is scary, especially considering the type of defense he plays and the way he fills up the rest of the stats sheet with rebounds and assists. Paterson is playing the type of game we expected bit more recently he is playing it at a higher level than I expected. In Pats first 9 games he was averaging 10.8 PPG & .471 FG% but in his last 5 games he is averaging 17 PPG & .571 FG%. Clearly, Pat has to get better at rebounding and boxing out but if he continues to gain confedence and his offense continues to be reliable I'm willing to live with his lack of rebounding. He still prefers the mid range jumper but is showing more of a willingness to score inside with his little baby hook shot. JLin has shown signs of being the player we thought he would be when Daryl Morey signed him away from the Knicks. His passing and defense has been as good or better than advertised but he scoring has been so bad that it has created a strain on the rest of the scorers on the floor with him. But in the last two games his outside shot is falling which will prevent defenses from ignoring him on the perimeter and open up more scoring opertunities for his team mates and more chances for him to drive the ball into the paint for high percentage shots. In his last 2 games he is averaging 14.5 PPG, .619 FG% and .500 3pt%. Two games does not really show a trend but it is the first signs that Jeremy may be pulling himself out of his shooting slump. He really needs to hit over .400 FG% and over .330 3pt% in order to be effective and for teams to play him honestly on the perimeter. How Good Can They Be Not just this season but moving forward? I personally did not think the Rockets would be .500 after 14 games. I keep thinking that they do not play like the youngest and least experienced team in the NBA, they are looking just as good and even better in some areas (defense) than last seasons team. Obviously this next stretch of games is likely to expose their your and inexperience but if the Rockets can go 3 and 3 in the next six games then a lot of teams had better take notice because they will be better in the 2nd half of the season and they will be play-off contenders. What DM has done is put together a team with a bunch of players that can play on both ends of the court. Pat is only average at defense but that is still significantly better than Scola plus he is starting to look reliable in offense. Asik is showing that he is not a liability on offense and that he can hit a free throw. Parsons was essentially a defensive specialist last season but has turned himself into a legit offensive threat with a complete game. Harden is clearly an all-star talent that plays both ends of the court. If the last couple of games turn out to not be a fluke then JLin is a two way player as well. Marcus Morris is playing defense (I didn't think that was possible) and looks like a legit offensive threat off of the bench. There is no question that this team needs another legit all-star to be a contender to come out of the West but with the way they are playing I think they are already play-off contenders... Of course the next six games can go along way towards validating that opinion.