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
1,896 206
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
2
1,731 409
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard
3
1,358 385
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
4
1,038 304
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center
5
941 197
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
6
1,227 357
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center
7
538 228
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center
8
436 182
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center
9
467 163
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard
10
554 253
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
11
582 301
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward
12
418 144
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward
13
404 135
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard
14
302 130
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center
15
295 136
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward
16
444 56
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Point guard
17
326 108
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Center
18
285 124
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Point guard
19
241 103
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard
20
235 113
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
21
256 114
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward
22
369 331
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center
23
214 45
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard
24
165 103
Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard
25
204 21
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Center