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. 
list ordered by

1
1,443 147
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

2
1,289 314
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

3
1,043 296
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

4
812 238
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
943 279
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

6
738 166
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

7
425 188
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

8
338 140
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

9
365 125
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

10
442 202
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

11
335 108
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

12
461 234
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

13
302 106
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

14
252 99
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

15
241 96
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
236 104
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward

17
258 83
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Center

18
260 26
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Point guard

19
200 82
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

20
206 81
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward

21
309 268
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

22
190 95
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

23
167 62
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
hthmas58 added Point guard

24
132 89
Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

25
136 30
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

26
159 117
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

27
126 97
Cuttino Mobley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

28
148 63
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Small forward

29
101 7
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Center

30
118 53
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Point guard

31
178 175
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

32
73 24
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Small forward

33
72 25
Mario Elie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Shooting guard, Small forward

34
92 76
Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Shooting guard, Small forward

35
74 46
Ryan Anderson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Power forward

36
65 84
John Harding Lucas II is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

37
72 34
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Power forward, Center

38
117 129
Chandler Parsons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

39
81 60
Jason Terry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
MaxCombs added Point guard, Shooting guard

40
50 35
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Small forward

41
41 29
Rafer Alston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Point guard

42
40 49
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Guard, Forward

43
51 59
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
61 57
Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Power forward

45
59 78
Terrence Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Forward

46
43 65
Rodney McCray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Small forward

47
47 19
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zepolian1 added Point guard, Shooting guard

48
40 12
Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CamtheGreat added Point guard, Shooting guard

49
29 41
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CMCSS03 added Center

50
31 21
Chuck Hayes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Power forward, Center, Forward-center