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
1,936 214
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
2
1,771 421
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard
3
1,381 393
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
4
1,251 365
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center
5
1,056 315
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center
6
953 206
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
7
542 233
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center
8
440 190
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center
9
474 168
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard
10
560 258
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
11
588 310
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward
12
425 149
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward
13
411 140
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard
14
305 137
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center
15
301 142
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward
16
456 64
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Point guard
17
331 115
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Center
18
291 127
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Point guard
19
248 105
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard
20
265 116
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward
21
238 117
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
22
376 339
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center
23
223 48
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard
24
166 107
Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard
25
219 103
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
hthmas58 added Point guard