Houston enters the 2009-10 season as a team without enough meat in the middle. A potentially career-ending leg injury to big human Yao Ming forced the Rockets to throw in the towel against the Lakers in the 2009 playoffs. The hairline fracture, discovered after game three against the Lakers, devastated the Rockets. Houston gave L.A. its toughest competition in the Western Conference playoffs, but this year the Rockets will likely be an afterthought.
Most teams around the Association have enacted the same process for going about building a team that has a great chance of winning games. They use the same basic outline and then add a few spices to the mix in order to attain the ultimate glory.
The Rockets are a team that defies most explanations. Their chemistry should not exist with T-Mac, Yao, Battier, and Artest who are all very different players with very different ways of playing the game. The only way to fully explicate the eccentricities of each of the players is to compare them to countries and/or nations around the world.
Sometimes in the Association, two players will meet at one junction or another on a team and true chemistry will form. These are the top 12 pairs of players in the league right now, duos that complement each other’s capabilities on the court.