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The Best Houston Rockets of All Time 

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List Rules Please rank the players based only on their time with the Rockets

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. 

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center from Lagos, Nigeria

Age: 56

Teams: Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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#2 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #10 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,177 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

2
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 30

Number: 13

Teams: Houston Rockets

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3
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center from Shanghai, China

Age: 39

Teams: Houston Rockets

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#10 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #67 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #21 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

4
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Bartow, Florida, United States of America

Age: 40

Teams: Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

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#37 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,055 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

5
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 57

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

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#48 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #670 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #18 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward and Center from Virginia

Age: 64

Teams: Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets, + more

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#6 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #26 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #135 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

7
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward and Center from Rayville, Louisiana

Age: 74

Teams: Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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#17 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #193 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,208 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard from Norwalk, Connecticut

Age: 71

Teams: Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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#147 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #86 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #100 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

9
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Maryland, United States of America

Age: 49

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

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#111 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #30 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #16 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

10
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard from Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, + more

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#195 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #57 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #11 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time

11
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from USA, Takoma Park, Maryland

Age: 42

Teams: Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks

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#170 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #65 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #49 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

12
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from USA, Leeds, Alabama

Age: 56

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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22 Times Charles Barkley Made Everyone LOL #17 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,069 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 3

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

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The Coolest Chris Paul Signature Shoes, Ranked #45 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,128 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

14
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center from Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 59

Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

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#43 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #206 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,993 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

15
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Center from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Age: 53

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, + more

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#15 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #53 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #15 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

16
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward and Center from Boynton Beach, Florida

Age: 57

Teams: Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, + more

17
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Point guard from Baltimore, Maryland

Age: 50

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, + more

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#137 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #53 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time #41 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

18
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard from Gainesville, Florida

Age: 54

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, + more

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#206 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #19 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s #54 of 405 The Best San Antonio Spurs of All Time

19
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward from Hamtramck, Detroit, Michigan

Age: 71

Teams: Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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#285 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #92 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #78 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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

Age: 34

Number: 0

Teams: Sacramento Kings

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#469 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #53 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #34 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard from Indianapolis, Indiana

Age: 31

Number: 10

Teams: Houston Rockets

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#336 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #162 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #54 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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

Age: 41

Number: 31

Teams: Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies

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#297 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #60 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #7 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time

23
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward and Center from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 12

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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#26 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #86 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,890 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Small forward from Hamburg, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

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#22 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,867 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #92 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

25
Mario Elie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 56

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors