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San Antonio Spurs: Ranking 5 Southwest teams on the Disaster Scale

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5. Houston Rockets

I honestly had to pull up the current Rockets roster to figure out who to highlight in the featured image for this team. After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round last season, Houston had one of the most insane offseasons in terms of lost personnel that I've ever seen.

To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here were the top 10 Rockets in minutes played in the 2019-20 season:

1. James Harden
2. P.J. Tucker
3. Russell Westbrook
4. Danuel House
5. Ben McLemore
6. Austin Rivers
7. Clint Capela
8. Eric Gordon
9. Robert Covington
10. Thabo Sefolosha

Here's that same list for the 2020-21 season with returning guys in bold.

1. Jae'Sean Tate
2. Christian Wood
3. John Wall
4. Sterling Brown
5. Kenyon Martin Jr.
6. P.J. Tucker (traded in March)
7. Danuel House
8. Kelly Olynyk
9. Kevin Porter Jr.
10. Eric Gordon

I've never seen such an employee turnover rate in my life. Oh, and by the way, their GM Daryl Morey left for Philadelphia. Head Coach Mike D'Antoni also departed for Brooklyn along with the second-greatest Houston Rocket of all time in James Harden. Hell, even I left them in that offseason when I transitioned here from my site expert role at Space City Scoop.

Understandably, new coach Stephen Silas didn't have a great start to his tenure in H-Town, but none of that is on him. On top of being full of new faces, the Rockets were absolutely decimated by injuries all season and finished with a 17-55 record, dead last in the Western Conference.

There are some bright spots, though. The main one is Christian Wood, who I'm predicting will be an NBA All-Star for the foreseeable future. Kevin Porter Jr. also came out of nowhere to show he can shine in the NBA, even putting up a 50-piece against Milwaukee.

Still, it's extremely difficult to rebuild so quickly when essentially your entire construction crew is now gone. They certainly won't be as bad as they were this season come 2022, especially with the help they'll be getting from a stacked NBA Draft. Organizationally, however, they have a lot of repairing to do.

Disaster Scale: RUN!

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