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. 

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1
1,557 166
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

2
1,409 336
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

3
1,022 292
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

4
1,128 322
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

5
872 259
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

6
790 179
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

7
453 204
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

8
479 217
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

9
366 153
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Center

10
360 119
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

11
492 257
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

12
387 137
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

13
326 114
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

14
265 108
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

15
256 104
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
253 113
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward

17
279 89
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Center

18
313 31
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Leah Goodwin added Point guard

19
205 93
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

20
219 93
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward

21
324 289
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

22
205 102
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

23
141 92
Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

24
178 71
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
hthmas58 added Point guard

25
155 33
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

26
177 130
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Power forward, Center

27
133 10
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Center

28
134 103
Cuttino Mobley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Shooting guard

29
159 75
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Small forward

30
126 61
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Point guard

31
190 190
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard

32
80 26
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Small forward

33
100 80
Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Shooting guard, Small forward

34
78 28
Mario Elie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Shooting guard, Small forward

35
81 38
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Power forward, Center

36
70 88
John Harding Lucas II is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

37
121 137
Chandler Parsons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

38
85 64
Jason Terry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
MaxCombs added Point guard, Shooting guard

39
76 54
Ryan Anderson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Power forward

40
53 40
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Small forward

41
42 31
Rafer Alston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Point guard

42
41 51
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Guard, Forward

43
64 59
Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Power forward

44
52 65
Michael Beasley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
Justin Kim added Small forward, Power forward

45
52 20
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zepolian1 added Point guard, Shooting guard

46
59 81
Terrence Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
slaft added Forward

47
49 15
Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
CamtheGreat added Point guard, Shooting guard

48
44 67
Rodney McCray is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
bigulcards added Small forward

49
36 7
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
35 23
Chuck Hayes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
zepolian1 added Power forward, Center, Forward-center