How can each Rocket improve his game this summer?
The Rockets will likely add new pieces this summer. Perhaps even an All-Star. But even if that happens, each member of last year's team who's expected back next season must improve an area of weakness in his game.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report, here's a closer look at a few examples, including James Harden's perimeter defense:
"Harden doesn't have the lateral quickness of some players, but he has the strength and size (6'5", 220 lbs) to be a Jimmy Butler-type defender who can impose himself on the ball-handler. The best defenders are the ones who disrupt what the offensive player wants to do, and that is the only thing separating Harden from being included in the "best player in the world" conversation."
Harden certainly isn't the best defensive player in the league, but he came a long way this season, and until he gets some help on offense it's hard to imagine him having the energy to take another leap forward.
(h/t: Bleacher Report)
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