15. Houston Rockets

Record: 9 - 7
Last Week's Rank: 19
Last Week's Results: W @ Washington 114-106, (Mon); W vs. Detroit 97-80, (Tue); W vs. New Orleans 90-88, (Thur); W vs. San Antonio 105-102, (Sat)
This Week: @ Minnesota, Monday (1/23); vs. Milwaukee, Wednesday (1/25); vs. Washington, Friday (1/27); vs. New York, Saturday (1/28)

One of two teams from the Southwest Division riding six-game winning streaks, the Rockets are paced by Breakout Player of the Year (we made it up) candidate Kyle Lowry. Lowry's averaging a Pippen-esque 16, 8 (assists), and 6 (boards)—as a point guard. Get familiar. —Jack Erwin