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
1,494 155
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

2
1,343 323
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

3
1,084 309
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

4
844 247
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
976 284
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

6
762 175
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

7
438 196
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

8
350 147
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

9
458 211
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
471 247
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

11
374 134
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

12
342 117
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

13
316 109
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

14
256 105
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

15
248 102
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
245 110
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward

17
266 86
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Center

18
290 28
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Point guard

19
202 91
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

20
215 88
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward

21
319 281
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

22
197 101
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

23
138 91
Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

24
172 68
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
hthmas58 added Point guard

25
147 32
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

26
168 127
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

27
130 102
Cuttino Mobley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

28
155 68
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Small forward

29
115 9
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Center

30
123 58
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Point guard

31
184 185
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

32
76 25
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Small forward

33
75 27
Mario Elie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Shooting guard, Small forward

34
95 79
Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Shooting guard, Small forward

35
68 87
John Harding Lucas II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

36
76 52
Ryan Anderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Power forward

37
84 62
Jason Terry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
MaxCombs added Point guard, Shooting guard

38
75 37
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Power forward, Center

39
118 136
Chandler Parsons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

40
51 39
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Small forward

41
42 30
Rafer Alston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Point guard

42
40 51
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Guard, Forward

43
52 63
Michael Beasley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Small forward, Power forward

44
62 59
Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Power forward

45
59 80
Terrence Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Forward

46
50 20
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zepolian1 added Point guard, Shooting guard

47
43 67
Rodney McCray is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Small forward

48
43 14
Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CamtheGreat added Point guard, Shooting guard

49
31 6
Gerald Green is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Richard Ocampo added Shooting guard, Small forward

50
30 43
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CMCSS03 added Center