Under new head coach Mike D'Antoni, the Houston Rockets could become one of the top offensive teams in the league next season.
However, that will not help them to overcome their weaknesses from last year, which were on the defensive end.
Superstar James Harden was the biggest culprit when it came to playing D as, quite frankly, he didn't really play any.
Offensively, the 27-year-old is among the best and can put the ball in the basket in multiple ways, but his efforts on the other end of the floor leave a lot to be desired.
The Beard's defence has been ridiculed often on social media with several videos doing the rounds of him putting in half-hearted efforts to stop opposing players.
According to his teammate Corey Brewer, though, that will all change for the upcoming campaign.
In an appearance on ESPN's SportsNation, Brewer insisted that the team's star player will improve on the defensive end.
"I think this year he's going to play better defence," Brewer said. "We're going to let the past be in the past. It's the future Rockets, man. James is going to play defence this year."
Brewer is clearly showing support for his teammate here, but in the process, he admitted that Harden's defence wasn't at a good level before.
As the leader of the team, Harden sets the tone for the team and the Rockets' poor defensive showings last year can be attributed largely to his failings in that respect.
The four-time All-Star committed his future to the team earlier this summer by signing a four-year, $118.1 million contract extension.
With chemistry issues between the shooting guard and Dwight Howard being blamed for the latter's exit in free agency, Harden is determined to create a better unity among his team as he has started a players-only mini-camp with his Rockets teammates.
The former OKC man seems ready to finally embrace his role as the leader on the team and Houston could be a better team for it.