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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1,329 135
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

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1,189 290
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
James Harden Shooting guard

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887 256
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Yao Ming Center

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966 276
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward

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751 221
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Moses Malone Power forward, Center

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697 158
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward

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393 175
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Elvin Hayes Power forward, Center

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425 186
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Steve Francis Point guard, Shooting guard

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341 112
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Kenny Smith Point guard

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433 211
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

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318 133
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Ralph Sampson Center

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314 102
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Robert Horry Small forward, Power forward

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284 100
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Calvin Murphy Point guard

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243 91
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Otis Thorpe Power forward, Center

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232 88
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Sam Cassell Point guard

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225 96
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Rudy Tomjanovich Power forward

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241 75
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Dikembe Mutombo Center

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190 75
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Vernon Maxwell Shooting guard

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214 20
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Chris Paul Point guard

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190 75
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

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301 251
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

The Best Houston Rockets Shooting Guards of All Time

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179 89
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shane Battier Shooting guard, Small forward

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156 58
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
hthmas58 added Patrick Beverley

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125 85
Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Sleepy Floyd Point guard

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122 90
Cuttino Mobley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Cuttino Mobley Shooting guard

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122 28
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Eric Gordon Shooting guard

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149 111
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Luis Scola Power forward, Center

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132 56
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 Power Forwards of All Time

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109 46
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Kyle Lowry Point guard

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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Jeremy Lin Point guard

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80 6
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Clint Capela

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66 19
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Rick Barry Small forward

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66 21
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

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84 72
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

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67 34
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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63 79
John Harding Lucas II is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

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78 52
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

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111 122
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

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62 29
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Nenê Power forward, Center

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39 44
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

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42 31
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Metta World Peace Small forward

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37 24
Rafer Alston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Rafer Alston Point guard

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48 51
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

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59 54
Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Carl Landry Power forward

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43 59
Rodney McCray is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Rodney McCray Small forward

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56 74
Terrence Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Terrence Jones Forward

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42 17
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

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34 10
Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CamtheGreat added Lou Williams Point guard, Shooting guard

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28 36
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CMCSS03 added Tree Rollins Center

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28 18
Chuck Hayes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Chuck Hayes Power forward, Center, Forward-center