N.B.A. West Preview: The Return of ‘Beautiful Basketball’

San Antonio signed some quality veterans (Bryn Forbes, Doug McDermott), but don’t expect to see the team in the playoffs. And, of course, there’s the annual question: How much longer will Gregg Popovich coach?

For a team that finished with the league’s worst regular-season record last season, the bar for contention is decidedly low in Houston. But if the Rockets compete at all this year, it will be because of the rookie Jalen Green.

Green is a confident 6-foot-6 guard with exceptional athleticism and a creative shotmaking arsenal. He is the clear focal point of the Rockets’ offense and rebuild.

Coach Stephen Silas will enter his second season in Houston with one of the youngest rosters in the N.B.A. Green, 19, is one of several Rockets players under 22. And in the…

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