Right now, the Rockets are sixth in overall field goal percentage at 46.6%. They are now down to twelfth in three point percentage at 36.5%. (On November 23, they were fifth). They still lead the league in three point attempts by a wide margin over the Cleveland Cavaliers, at 39.8 attempts per game. And they also lead the league in threes made.
The Rockets have now fallen to twelfth in total rebounding percentage. On November 23, they were at third. In offensive rebounding percentage, they are tenth in the league, and in defensive rebounding percentage, they are seventeenth. (They were fourth and tenth, respectively on November 23. With Dwight Howard last year, they were sixth and last). So the rebounding has gotten worse over the course of the season, but I don’t know how much of that is a factor of Clint Capela’s absence and Nene just wearing down over the course of the year.
The turnover problem seems to have improved. The Rockets now have the seventh highest percentage, after having the third highest on November 23. Last year, they had the fourth highest.
And lastly, pace is up to fourth, behind Brooklyn, Golden State, and Phoenix. On November 23, the Rockets were fourteenth in pace. (Seventh last season). So it does seem they’ve started playing faster as everyone expected. Recall that upon the revelation on November 23rd (after a relatively healthy fourteen game sample size) that the team was meddling at the fourteenth fastest pace in the league, contrary to all expectations, we as a group theorized that Harden was inherently dissimilar to Steve Nash due to his tendency to walk the ball up the court. He’s either sped things up in gaining familiarity with the system, or, this is the effect of a different significant factor: replacing Tyler Ennis with Patrick Beverley. The November 23 statistics did not reflect Beverley’s presence in the lineup, and the second unit spearheaded by Pat almost always pushes the pace at a frantic rate.