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
1,744 190
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

2
1,594 374
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

3
968 279
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

4
1,134 322
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

5
1,255 353
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

6
863 188
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

7
500 218
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

8
525 232
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

9
544 270
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

10
405 170
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

11
429 149
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

12
393 132
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

13
367 123
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

14
283 121
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

15
392 37
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Point guard

16
307 94
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Center

17
276 123
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward

18
272 114
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

19
225 99
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

20
347 314
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

21
222 108
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

22
236 105
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward

23
154 95
Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

24
183 41
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

25
174 13
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Center