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
1,471 152
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

2
1,321 318
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

3
1,066 305
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

4
831 244
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
960 283
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

6
750 173
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

7
433 193
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

8
345 144
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

9
374 130
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

10
452 209
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

11
467 241
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

12
340 114
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

13
312 108
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

14
254 103
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

15
245 101
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
240 109
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward

17
261 84
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Center

18
276 27
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Point guard

19
201 88
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

20
209 84
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward

21
316 273
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

22
193 99
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

23
169 64
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
hthmas58 added Point guard

24
135 90
Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

25
141 31
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

26
163 123
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

27
108 7
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Center

28
127 101
Cuttino Mobley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

29
151 65
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Small forward

30
121 55
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Point guard

31
181 182
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

32
74 24
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Small forward

33
73 26
Mario Elie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Shooting guard, Small forward

34
93 78
Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Shooting guard, Small forward

35
67 86
John Harding Lucas II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

36
74 49
Ryan Anderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Power forward

37
118 134
Chandler Parsons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

38
81 61
Jason Terry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
MaxCombs added Point guard, Shooting guard

39
72 36
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Power forward, Center

40
51 37
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Small forward

41
41 30
Rafer Alston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Point guard

42
40 50
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Guard, Forward

43
51 61
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
62 58
Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Power forward

45
59 79
Terrence Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Forward

46
43 66
Rodney McCray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Small forward

47
49 20
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zepolian1 added Point guard, Shooting guard

48
42 13
Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CamtheGreat added Point guard, Shooting guard

49
28 5
Gerald Green is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Richard Ocampo added Shooting guard, Small forward

50
30 42
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CMCSS03 added Center