The Houston Rockets had an active offseason, as the team added and subtracted from their league-best 65 wins from 2017-18. The most high-profile move involves Carmelo Anthony, who spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
There has been considerable speculation about how Anthony will fit into the Rockets’ plan. The team has not announced whether or not he will start or come off the bench. He also has a past history with head coach Mike D’Antoni from when the pair were with the New York Knicks. D’Antoni was enthused about the move, and so too, apparently, is MVP winner James Harden.
"Everybody in the world knows what Carmelo brings, how gifted and talented he is,” Harden said. “He still has a lot more to go. If he comes to the Rockets, we'll get the best out of him."
Anthony could very well start, as the Rockets lost two forwards in the offseason. Trevor Ariza signed a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Suns, while Luc Mbah a Moute went back to the LA Clippers.
The Thunder struggled to acclimate Anthony into the team’s rotation, but Harden believes the Rockets will have more success. Teammate P.J. Tucker thinks Anthony will thrive in D’Antoni’s high-scoring system, as well.
"Everybody always talks about Melo this, Melo that. Melo is a great basketball player," Tucker told ESPN. "He's an all-time great scorer in this league. Coming to a team where we score a lot, he'll fit right in on our team."
Houston was one game away from reaching the NBA Finals last season, narrowly losing out to the Golden State Warriors in a 7-game series. Houston will open the 2018-19 season at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 17.
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