Basketball The Best Houston Rockets of All Time  

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A list of the best Houston Rockets of all time. For much of its history, the Houston Rockets have been one of the most consistent teams in the NBA. The team has had few poor seasons and they have, it's been to the Rockets benefit. The few times that Houston has had the number one draft pick, the team has struck gold landing some of the greatest players in team history. Few, if any, basketball experts would dispute that Elvin Hayes, Ralph Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming are among the best centers ever. All of have played center for Houston and all were drafted with the top overall pick in the NBA Draft. Though he wasn't drafted by Houston, Moses Malone is another great big man who has played for the Rockets.

While the Rockets have a rich history with big men, even having some of the best players ever on its roster, that doesn't mean the team has neglected other positions. Calvin Murphy is one of the best free shooting guards ever and the team's acquisition of James Harden made the Rockets one of the most dangerous in the league. Harden is considered one of the best current players in the NBA.

Nowadays, he is known to the masses as an announcer, but Kenny Smith's clutch shooting in the 1995 NBA Finals is one of the greatest in Rockets history and helped them win a second consecutive championship.

This is a list of the best Houston Rockets ever. If you see someone who is missing, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list of the greatest Houston Rockets of all time with who you think should be at the top. 

list ordered by

1
1,668 183
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

2
1,518 358
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

3
936 268
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

4
1,208 339
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

5
1,090 313
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

6
839 184
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

7
484 213
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

8
511 227
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

9
526 264
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

10
392 163
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

11
415 142
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

12
380 127
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

13
355 119
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

14
279 113
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

15
362 34
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Point guard

16
268 120
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward

17
298 94
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Center

18
268 110
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

19
219 97
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

20
231 100
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward

21
218 106
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

22
337 308
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

23
152 92
Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

24
168 38
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

25
192 80
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
hthmas58 added Point guard