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 more recently, 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 be 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 its 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 to who you think should be at the top. 
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1,269 127
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

2
1,132 277
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
James Harden Shooting guard

3
926 262
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward

4
843 241
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Yao Ming Center

5
715 210
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Moses Malone Power forward, Center

6
666 153
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward

7
376 163
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Elvin Hayes Power forward, Center

8
415 168
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Steve Francis Point guard, Shooting guard

9
332 104
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Kenny Smith Point guard

10
420 205
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

11
313 128
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Ralph Sampson Center

12
308 96
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Robert Horry Small forward, Power forward

13
275 95
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Calvin Murphy Point guard

14
238 87
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Otis Thorpe Power forward, Center

The Best Houston Rockets Centers of All Time

15
225 83
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Sam Cassell Point guard

16
219 92
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Rudy Tomjanovich Power forward

17
231 71
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Dikembe Mutombo Center

18
183 73
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Vernon Maxwell Shooting guard

19
197 16
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Chris Paul Point guard

20
182 70
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Trevor Ariza Shooting guard, Small forward

21
290 239
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

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22
171 84
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shane Battier Shooting guard, Small forward

23
120 82
Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Sleepy Floyd Point guard

24
145 56
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
hthmas58 added Patrick Beverley

25
115 88
Cuttino Mobley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Cuttino Mobley Shooting guard

26
143 108
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Luis Scola Power forward, Center

27
112 26
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Eric Gordon Shooting guard

28
120 53
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Scottie Pippen Small forward

The Best Houston Rockets Point Guards of All Time

29
99 45
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Kyle Lowry Point guard

30
67 4
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Clint Capela

31
159 164
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Jeremy Lin Point guard

32
56 18
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Rick Barry Small forward

33
60 20
Mario Elie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Mario Elie Shooting guard, Small forward

34
79 69
Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Kevin Martin Shooting guard, Small forward

35
61 31
Ryan Anderson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Ryan Anderson Power forward

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36
61 76
John Harding Lucas II is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

37
71 50
Jason Terry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
MaxCombs added Jason Terry Point guard, Shooting guard

38
103 120
Chandler Parsons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Chandler Parsons Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

39
58 26
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Nenê Power forward, Center

40
36 42
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

41
33 21
Rafer Alston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Rafer Alston Point guard

42
37 28
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Metta World Peace Small forward

The Best Houston Rockets Small Forwards of All Time

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44 49
Michael Beasley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Michael Beasley Small forward, Power forward

44
57 51
Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Carl Landry Power forward

45
41 56
Rodney McCray is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Rodney McCray Small forward

46
53 71
Terrence Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Terrence Jones Forward

47
37 15
Aaron Brooks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Aaron Brooks Point guard, Shooting guard

48
24 36
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CMCSS03 added Tree Rollins Center

49
28 9
Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CamtheGreat added Lou Williams Point guard, Shooting guard

50
23 61
Mike Newlin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time