Some of us grow attached to players on the Rockets and when they are no longer with the team, we like to remember all of the good times. I won't lie, there are several guys that I was sad to see go from last year's team. As I continued to follow those guys, I noticed guys putting up decent stats, but their teams lose. Does anybody else ever find it interesting how our beloved "difference makers" often find themselves in situations where their respective teams not only lose, but maybe even dare I say underachieve? This year I'm referring to Dragic, Scola, Lowry, and Courtney Lee in particular. Instrumental members of our past few teams. Also, Chuck Hayes, Aaron Brooks and Carl Landry up until this year have all been on terrible teams after leaving the Rockets. Honestly, when I look at the rosters of their teams, I don't see much if any difference in talent on their respective rosters from what they played with here. So how can guys like Dragic and Scola leave a winning yet mediocre team here and go to PHX and the team be so damn bad if they are truly as good as we thought they were? Are these players that we are so fond of maybe a little bit overrated in our minds? Is it coaching? Morey's ability to put players together that compliment each other? You tell me. I can't figure it out. On the other end of the spectrum, you have our team this year. Harden and the team as a whole are surpassing all the expectations of the so called experts out there. Is Harden's supporting cast superior to what those other guys that were here last year have right now? I personally don't believe so. When you think of a superstar level player you think of a guy who can be an MVP candidate. A guy who has the ability to lift a team up. Harden has some things to improve upon certainly, but I think you can make a case that he does the oh so cliche "make the guys around him better" thing. Note: I didn't include Kevin Martin because he is on a team with two top 15 players, but it is fair to mention that when he was the man in Sacramento, they were also terrible. Fact is this team may possibly be overachieving and is making a case for what Morey has been saying subtly all along. He wanted to stockpile "assets" not to hoard them, but to trade them for a true difference maker. It doesn't matter if you trade 4 or 5 of these "assets" for 1 true "foundational player" because once you have one, it is much easier to fill in the pieces around that kind of player. This is why you amnesty a Scola and trade a Lowry, Jeremy Lamb, and future draft picks. Thoughts?