Houston, I think, are 1 game under .500 since the all-star break. No top 10 factor ratings.
Budinger was faded back from .137 WS/48 to .110. Dragic is excited to be an unrestricted free agent. Martin continues on the DL. The experiments with T Williams, Thabeet, Flynn and Hill are all over in Houston with no successes on the court. Patterson continues to disappoint in most ways as an undersized passive big. Parsons and Lee are just alright. Camby is playing well by boxscore stats (just neutral on RAPM though) but seems likely to a be quickly forgotten footnote in Rockets history. Marcus Morris continues to have among the worst productivity per minute of any player in the league. Greg Smith is getting very few minutes. Boykins has been awful. Lowry's games per year takes a big dive but continues a general trend downward as well. Interest in acquiring Scola has surely declined after the worst season of his career (below average on ws/48, average to a bit above on RAPM) and approaching 32 years old with 3 more guaranteed years of his deal at an average of over $10 million.
The new starting lineup with Camby and Dragic is just neutral, like the team in general. Stuck in the middle. Showing no significant signs of using the tread water phase to actually advance in the next few years. The killer lineup that Kevin Arnovitz wrote about yesterday with Dalambert instead of Cambyhttp://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_ ... ts-grenade
actually hasn't played a single minute in the last 3 games, for whatever reason or lack of sound reasoning.
Average attendance this season slips to 22nd place. Houston has not given them above average attendance straight back thru their championship seasons. There seems to be little basis to say that "trying to stay competitive" has paid off for them on the court or at the box office.