The Houston Rockets may have one of the most talented backcourts in the NBA, but not everyone is sold on their potential this season. According to Magic Johnson, while the reunion of Russ and Harden is a nice pairing, they do not have enough to compete with the other top-tier squads in the Western Conference.
“My problem with them is not with them two. It’s the team. We saw that last time. You have to play defense at the end of the day. I don’t think they’re a very good defensive team, but I think they’ll be a great offensive team."
For things to work, it will require major adjustments from both players.
“Westbrook is fantastic on his own, James Harden is fantastic on his own. I think they’ll work it out. It’s going to be tough. It’s a bigger adjustment for Westbrook than for Harden because he’s used to having it all the time in his hand. Westbrook is going to be the adjustment,” he told host Shannon Sharpe on Undisputed.
Magic is right in one thing: the Rockets are not known for their defense. It is unlikely that Russ will change that, either.
Facing stiff competition in the West, the Rockets have little room for error this season.