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The Best Houston Rockets of All Time

Updated February 25, 2020 33.6k votes 4.4k voters 62.1k views73 items

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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
    Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Age56

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

  • 2
    James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    James Harden

    Shooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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  • 3
    Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Clyde Drexler

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

  • 4
    Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Moses Malone

    Power forward, Center

    Age64

    BirthplaceVirginia

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets

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

    Center

    Age39

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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  • 6
    Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Tracy McGrady

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Bartow

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

  • 7
    Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Calvin Murphy

    Point guard

    Age71

    BirthplaceNorwalk, Connecticut

    TeamsHouston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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  • 8
    Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    160

    Chris Paul

    Point guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number3

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

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  • 9
    Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Elvin Hayes

    Power forward, Center

    Age74

    BirthplaceRayville, Louisiana

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

  • 10
    Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    199

    Robert Horry

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age49

    BirthplaceMaryland, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

  • 11
    Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Kenny Smith

    Point guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

  • 12
    Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    236

    Age59

    BirthplaceHarrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

  • 13
    Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
    452
    183

    Age53

    BirthplaceKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets

  • 14
    Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Vernon Maxwell

    Shooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceGainesville, Florida

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic

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  • 15
    Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Rudy Tomjanovich

    Power forward

    Age71

    BirthplaceHamtramck, Detroit, Michigan

    TeamsHouston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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  • 16
    Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Steve Francis

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceUSA, Takoma Park, Maryland

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks

  • 17
    Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Eric Gordon

    Shooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Number10

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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  • 18
    Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Otis Thorpe

    Power forward, Center

    Age57

    BirthplaceBoynton Beach, Florida

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

  • 19
    Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Charles Barkley

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

  • 20
    Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    149

    Sam Cassell

    Point guard

    Age50

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets

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  • 21
    Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    59

    Clint Capela

    Center

    Number15

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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  • 22
    Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Shane Battier

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Michigan

    Number31

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies

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  • 23
    Mario Elie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Mario Elie

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

  • 24
    Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    Trevor Ariza

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age34

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Number0

    TeamsSacramento Kings

  • 25
    P. J. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Houston Rockets of All Time
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    20

    P. J. Tucker

    Small forward

    Age34

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Number17

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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