Athletes The Best Houston Rockets To Have Their Numbers Retired  

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List Rules Vote up the best Houston Rockets players to have their legendary number retired for all time.

These Houston Rockets players have all had their numbers retired. After making a big impact while playing for the team, players such as Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon had their jerseys retired. But not every player in the NBA gets their number retired, it is an honor bestowed upon the best players of a franchise. Which of these athletes are the greatest Houston Rockets players? This list is only for Houston Rockets players with retired numbers. Coaches and managers have had their numbers retired as well but we're here to determine the best Houston Rockets players that have had their number retired for all time.

Although these are undoubtedly great players, not all of them have been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame despite having their numbers retired. The Houston Rockets players that have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame are noted below. Vote up the Houston Rockets players with retired numbers that you think made the biggest contribution to the team.

Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Rockets To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 34

Years With Franchise: 1984–2001

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Listed at 7 ft 0 in, Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers ever to play the game. He was nicknamed "The Dream" during his basketball career, for his grace on and off the court. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajuwon traveled from his home country to play for the University of Houston under Coach Guy Lewis. ...more on Wikipedia

Position: Center

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Rockets To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 22

Years With Franchise: 1995–1998

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "Clyde the Glide," he was a ten-time All-Star during his career, and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Drexler won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 as part of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team") and an NBA Championship in 1995 with the Houston Rockets. ...more on Wikipedia

Position: Shooting guard, Small forward

Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

Nationality: United States of America

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Rockets To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 24

Years With Franchise: 1976–1982

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Moses Eugene Malone is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player who starred in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. A three-time NBA MVP and one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, Malone was the most successful prep-to-pro player of his era, going straight from Petersburg High to a 21-year career in professional basketball. By the time Malone retired after 19 seasons in the NBA he was the last former ABA player active and held numerous distinctions in both leagues, including a championship ring and NBA finals MVP trophy won with the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers. He was nicknamed "Chairman of the Boards" and "Big Mo". ...more on Wikipedia

Position: Power forward, Center

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Rockets To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 23

Years With Franchise: 1970–1983

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Calvin Jerome Murphy is a retired American professional basketball player who played as a guard for the NBA's San Diego/Houston Rockets from 1970-1983. He is a current member of the Houston Rockets' Root Sports TV broadcast team. He was also the host of ESPN Radio's The Calvin Murphy Show. Standing at a height of 5 feet 9 inches, Murphy has the distinction of being the shortest NBA player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. ...more on Wikipedia

Position: Point guard

Birthplace: Norwalk, Connecticut, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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