The small adjustments the Houston Rockets made to their roster during the offseason will come together for the first time during the NBA’s preseason, which is right around the corner as the calendar flips to October.
James Harden, Dwight Harden and offseason acquisition Ty Lawson will try and mesh with NBA Draft selections Sam Dekker from Wisconsin (No. 18 overall) and second-round pick Montrezl Harrell from Louisville, as the Rockets look to take the next step after last year’s impressive run to the Western Conference Finals. Decker missed time in the early summer camps due to injury, so it’ll be first time fans and management will be able to see their core group of players together on the hardwood.
The preseason begins for the Rockets on October 6 at the FedExForum against the Memphis Grizzlies. According to secondary market ticket aggregator TiqIQ.com, Houston Rockets tickets have an average price of $48 and a get-in price of $3. The Rockets’ first preseason home game is the following day against the in-state rival Dallas Mavericks, having an average ticket price of $67.40 and a get-in price of $8. Other notable games include meetings opposite the defending world champion Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on October 15, in which fans are receiving Andre Iguodala bobbleheads upon entrance to the stadium. This is the most expensive Rockets preseason game, sporting an average ticket price of $247.69 and a get-in price of $36.
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In addition to Houston’s well-known superstars and draft selections, Houston made some sound roster decisions by re-signing both Patrick Beverly and Corey Brewer to multi-year contracts. Both Beverly and Brewer are widely considered to be the club’s two best defensive players.
The Rockets reached the Western Conference Finals last season for the first time since the 1996-97 season. Houston has reached the postseason three seasons in a row now, and finally advanced past the first round after being eliminated in the opening postseason slate in each of the prior two years. This will be Kevin McHale’s fifth season coaching the Rockets, and looking at his team on paper, it might be the most talented roster he’s had during his tenure with the organization.