Daryl Morey remains bullish on the Houston Rockets' chances this season, believing their defense can finish in the top-10 and also that their offense can be historically special.
"I really think we could be the best offense ever put on the floor," said Morey to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. "Now we’ll see if we can back that up, but our transition has been really good. Obviously, last year, we were one of the best halfcourt teams ever. There have been times where we’ve combined those two things and looked really good. Sometimes our transition has fallen off, sometimes our half-court (offense). But if we pull it together like I think we can, I think we’ll be the best offense in the league and a top-10 defense. That’ll be a formula to win the title."
The Rockets have had one of the worst defenses in the NBA to start the season, but Morey believes that can turnaround.
"We’re going to be a good defensive team," said Morey. "Obviously there’s been, you know, some things that don’t look good so far. But I have a lot of confidence that we’re going to be one of the top-10 defensive teams by the end of the year. That’s going to be us tightening things up. That’s going to be the mix of players we play, and how we play them. That’s going to be whatever we need to do to be a top-10 team. To be a championship-caliber team, you gotta be a top-10 defense.