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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. 

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
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Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center
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Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time