30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts: Houston Rockets
30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts: Houston Rockets

This article is part of our 30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts series.

With the NBA on hiatus for at least 30 days, I'll be coping by posting an article every day with 30 random/interesting facts from each of the 30 teams. Hopefully, the season will resume when I hit publish on the Wizards' article.

Day 11:

Houston Rockets

Stats are mostly from Cleaning the Glass, but also RotoWire, NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.

  1. James Harden is assisted on just 14% of his shots – the 100th percentile in terms of isolation scoring.
  2. James Harden has only attempted 11 long mid-range jumpers this season.
  3. Opponents score 16.6 more points per 100 transition plays with James Harden on the court – a difference ranking in the seventh percentile.
  4. Russell Westbrook takes 49% of his shots at the rim – the 91st percentile for point guards.
  5. PJ Tucker's 8.4% usage rate is in the second percentile for bigs, and he's one of only eight players in NBA history to play 2,000+ minutes with a less than 9.0% usage.
  6. PJ Tucker attempts 53% of his shots from the corner – the 100th percentile for bigs.
  7. Five players on the Rockets are in the 90th+ percentile in points per 100 shot attempts for their position: Tyson Chandler (145.5), Jeff Green (131.5), Isaiah Hartenstein (140.3), James Harden (125.6), Ben McLemore (125.6).
  8. Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers average only a combined 2.2 turnovers per 36 minutes.
  9. Eric Gordon has the lowest point differential (-5.6) on the Rockets of anyone who has seen 400+ minutes with the team.
  10. Robert Covington has zero unassisted threes with the Rockets.
  11. Robert Covington has the highest point differential (+7.3) on the Rockets of anyone who has seen 400+ minutes with the team.
  12. Robert Covington is averaging 2.8 blocks and 1.2 steals per 36 minutes with Houston.
  13. With Robert Covington on the court, Rockets opponents shoot 10.4% worse at the rim – the best difference on the team and in the 98th percentile.
  14. 10 of the 15 players who have seen 100+ minutes with the Rockets have taken at least half of their shots from three.
  15. With the Rockets, Jeff Green is 21-of-23 (91%) at the rim.
  16. The Rockets score an extra 9.7 points per 100 halfcourt plays with Ben McLemore on the court – the biggest positive difference on the team (min. 400 minutes) and in the 96th percentile.
  17. With Clint Capela on the court, Houston's halfcourt plays lost 7.2 points per 100 possessions – the biggest negative difference on the team (min. 400 minutes) and in the 12th percentile.
  18. With Clint Capela on the court, the Rockets forced opponents to take 3.0% more long mid-rangers – the biggest difference on the team and in the third percentile.
  19. Out of all Rockets lineups that have seen 100+ possessions, the best was +24.5. It contained James Harden, Austin Rivers, Ben McLemore, PJ Tucker and Clint Capela.
  20. The worst Rockets lineup with 100+ possessions played was -34.8 and contained Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker and Clint Capela.
  21. Rockets' small-ball lineups – no Clint Capela, Isaiah Hartenstein, Tyson Chandler – are +3.8 points per 100 possessions.
  22. Houston has the third-worst spread differential (-1.8) in the NBA.
  23. At home, against bottom-10 point differential teams, the Rockets have the third-best net rating (+18.4).
  24. On the road, against top-10 point differential teams, Houston has the fifth-best net rating (-1.1).
  25. On the second night of back-to-backs, the Rockets have the second-worst spread differential (-9.9).
  26. Against opposing teams that are on the second night of a back-to-back, the Rockets have the fourth-best net rating (+10.8).
  27. Since the All-Star break, the Rockets have the fifth-worst spread differential (-3.1).
  28. Since the break, the Rockets score the most points per 100 transition plays off of live rebounds (160.0).
  29. Since the break, the Rockets have the second-best shot profile (55.4 location eFG%) and third-best effective field-goal percentage (56.5%).
  30. Since the break, Houston allows opponents to shoot just 27.8% from the corner – the lowest mark in the NBA.

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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