With two big off-season moves, the Warriors and Rockets seemed to have won out among all the teams in the NBA. The Rockets acquired Dwight Howard and were able to keep James Harden, Jeremy Lin, and Chandler Parsons. The Warriors were able to acquire Andre Iguodala and were able to keep Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and David Lee. The real question between the two teams is: Who's made the biggest improvement?
Well, if you want to get all technical, you should start with how they did last year. The Houston Rockets came in 8th in the West and their record was 45-37. The Rockets started off average, and got to the all-star break, 29-26. From there, they had a better second half going 16-11. The Warriors were 6th in the west and went 47-35. The Warriors were 30-22 going into the All-Star Break, and slowed down a bit near the end of the regular season (Going 17-14).
The Rockets biggest troubles last year were defense. They were 2nd in the NBA in the points per game, but were 28th in opponents points per game in the NBA. I believe their defense will only increase with Dwight Howard being a 3-time Defensive Player of the Year. This will also allow Jeremy Lin to be more aggressive on the outside, knowing Dwight Howard and Omer Asik are in the paint.
The Warriors biggest troubles last year was also their defense. They were 7th last year in points per game, but were 19th in opponents points per game. It was actually their outside or guard defense that gave them trouble last year. Their interior defense was fine, as they were 3rd in rebounds, but it was the weak defense of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson that hurt them. Now, with a great defender, Andre Iguodala, their outside defense will be enhanced even more. Their offense won't be affected, as he is a passing guard, who's not big on scoring. He averaged 5 assists per game last year and shot 32% from 3 which fits perfectly with Golden State.
With all Andre Iguodala bringing to the table and Dwight Howard bringing to the table, its hard to decide which one's team will have a bigger improvement. However, in my opinion, I see the Warriors playing better next season and having a bigger improvement. I don't trust Howard yet, since he's messed up two teams in the past two years. It's like he can't play with great players! Andre Iguodala, on the other hand, is a complete team player, who has had no problem playing with any team/player. He also isn't currently being slowed by injury, and his defense and passing is still at top point. Iguodala also fits in with the teams plan of shooting threes, because he is three point shooter, who can also play defense.
Howard, on the other hand, might be messing up the teams chemistry already. There have been talks about Omer Asik wanting out of Houston, because of Howard. The Rockets were also known to run last year (Which Howard can do, but prefers to sit in the post), but Howard prefers the post!
I see the Golden State Warriors fitting perfectly with all their team, while the Rockets slightly improving or not improving at all.