Daryl Morey: Rockets could have ‘best offense ever put on the floor’
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey believes the team he assembled could very well go down in history as boasting the greatest offense in NBA history.
Led by the two-headed offensive tandem of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, not to mention a strong supporting cast, the Rockets have stumbled out of the gate record-wise with a 4-3 mark. Still, the offense is already humming along and appears to be in midseason form.
The Rockets rank sixth in the league, per NBA.com, in offensive rating (110.2) while averaging 119.3 points per game, good for third in the NBA.
That kind of productivity to start the season has Morey proclaiming that he expects historic things out of the Rockets’ offense.
“I really think we could be the best offense ever put on the floor. Now we’ll see if we can back that up, but our transition has been really good,” Morey told Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “Obviously, last year, we were one of the best halfcourt teams ever. There have been times where we’ve combined those two things and looked really good. Sometimes our transition has fallen off, sometimes our half-court (offense). But if we pull it together like I think we can, I think we’ll be the best offense in the league and a top-10 defense. That’ll be a formula to win the title.”
The Rockets have been an offensive powerhouse ever since Harden joined the team. Replacing Chris Paul with Westbrook only makes the offense more dangerous.
That said, as is also the case since Harden joined the Rockets — and as Morey himself alludes to — the team has not been strong on defense. This season is no different, as the team’s 113.6 defensive rating puts them at 28th in the NBA, with only the Pelicans and Warriors worse.
The Rockets will arguably go as far as their offense will take them, and Morey may be 100% correct that the Rockets’ attack could go down in history as one of the best the NBA has ever seen.
That said, the Rockets cannot ignore playing defense, though, if the team truly wants to contend for the championship it so covets.