Before everyone starts laughing consider some facts:
1)When Yao Ming was lost for the season the 'experts' proclaimed the Rockets would drop out of the playoff picture. Wrong. Since that game the Rockets have responded by winning 16 out of 21 games (16-5), winning at better than a 75% pace.
2)Minus Yao Ming the Rockets' starting five has been inhabited by the likes of Dikembe Mutombo, Rafer Alston, Shane Battier, Luis Scola, Carl Landry and Bobby Jackson. In addition, the bench has featured such stalwarts as Chuck Hayes, Aaron Brooks, Steve Novak, Luther Head, and Mike Harris. Seriously, which current NBA superstar joins that nondescript bunch and forges a 16-5 record? Maybe Kobe, maybe.
3)The schedule hasn't been daunting, but has included games against the Warriors (2x), the Lakers, the Celtics, the Hornets (2x), the Spurs, the Suns, the Nuggets and the Cavs (2x). The works out to 11 out of 21 games against teams that are probably gonna make the playoffs.
Based on the above, T-Mac would get my vote.