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|Colours:||Red, black, gray, anthracite & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Rick Barry, Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy, Moses Malone, Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen, Ralph Sampson, Dikembe Mutombo, Yao Ming & Tracy McGrady|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Alex Hannum, Tex Winter, Bill Fitch & Rudy Tomjanovich|
|Rivals:||Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers & Los Angeles Lakers|
|Legends:||Hakeem Olajuwon, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy, Clyde Drexler, Ralph Sampson & Yao Ming|
|Retired Numbers:||11, 22, 23, 24, 34 & 45|
|NBA Championships||2: 1994 & 1995|
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With the NBA wanting to expand into Western America, the San Diego Rockets were formed as an expansion team prior to the 1967-68 season. San Diego’s first ever draft pick was Pat Riley, with him and Johnny Green leading the team in their inaugural season which saw a 15-67 record. This poor record saw the Rockets be awarded the first pick in the 1968 draft, with the Rockets selecting Elvin Hayes.
Hayes would help the Rockets improve by 22 wins and make the playoffs for the first time in just their second season, where they would be defeated by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, 4-2.
In an attempt to better support Hayes, the front office added Calvin Murphy and Rudy Tomjanovich however the team was unable to make the following two seasons. The poor performance caused the selling of the team and the Rockets would move to Houston.
The move saw Tax Winter hired as coach and he would immediately clash with Hayes, with Hayes requesting a trade after a 34-48 season. Winter would be fired during the next season with poor performances by the team, which then rallied behind new coach, Johnny Egan.
The Rockets wouldn’t return to the playoffs until the 1974-75 where they would beat the New York Knicks 2-1 to win their first ever playoff series, before being defeated by the Boston Celtics 4-1 in the second round.
Houston would miss the playoffs the next season but added John Lucas and dominant big man, Moses Malone. Malone would lead the team back to the playoffs, with the Rockets winning their first division title and Tom Nissalke winning Coach of the Year. Houston were eliminated in the second round by Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers.
An injury to Tomjanovich during the 1977-78 saw the team unable to return to the playoffs, but the following season saw Malone win MVP, who, with the addition of Rick Barry, led the team to a 47-35 record and returning to the playoffs, but were unable to overcome the Hawks in the first round.
The 1979-80 season saw the Rockets make it one round further, being eliminated by the Celtics 4-0 in the second round before being moved to the Western Conference prior to the 1980-81 season.
This move would pay dividends for Houston, where they would again make the playoffs and defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and Kansas City Kings on their way to their first ever Finals appearance. They would face familiar foes in the Boston Celtics, who would again have the upper hand, winning 4-2.
Malone would win his second MVP in the 1981-82, but similar to the first season he won the award, the Rockets were eliminated in the first round. Despite being one of the best players in the league and leading the team for six seasons, the Rockets were unwilling to pay his new contract and saw him leave. His departure saw Houston have their worst season in franchise history, finishing with a 14-68 record.
The Rockets would win the first pick in the 1983 Draft and select Ralph Sampson, who would go on to win 1984 Rookie of the Year, but the team barely improved seeing them be awarded the first pick again the next season. Houston would select dominant big man Hakeem Olajuwon, who would finish second in the 1985 Rookie of the Year voting to Michael Jordan.
Olajuwon, in his rookie season, would combine with Sampson, who would win the 1985 All Star Game MVP, to take the Rockets back to the playoffs, losing to the Jazz in the first round.
The dominant duo continued the next season, helping Houston win their second division title, whilst returning to the Finals for the second time, after defeating Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets and Lakers on their way to another match up with the Boston Celtics. The Rockets would again be overpowered by the Celtics, losing 4-2.
Despite making the playoffs the next season, there was big disappointment surrounding the team, seen as underperforming after a second round elimination. The 1987-88 wouldn’t start as expected either, with Sampson being traded and the team being eliminated in the first round in the following four seasons, before missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years in 1992.
Former player Rudy Tomjanovich would be brought on as head coach, and the team responded well to the change, improving by 13 wins in the 1992-93 season, winning the division, Olajuwon winning Defensive Player of the Year and the team returning to the playoffs and winning their first round match up against the Los Angeles Clippers, before being eliminated by the Supersonics.
Houston would improve again the next season, finishing 58-24 and winning the division title for the second straight season. Olajuwon would make history, becoming the second player in NBA history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
Olajuwon would lead the Rockets to the Finals for the third time in franchise history, defeating the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz on their way to facing the New York Knicks.
The Rockets would face a 2-3 deficit but would win two games in a row to win their first Championship. Olajuwon broke more history, by winning Finals MVP, becoming the first and only player to win all three awards in the same season.
Starting the 1994-95 season with a bit of a championship hangover, the Rockets traded for Clyde Drexler, who sparked the team to an improved second half to the season. Houston would defeat the third, second and first seeded teams in the West to advance to the Finals for a second straight season.
They would then sweep the Orlando Magic in the Finals to win their second consecutive Championship, with Olajuwon winning Finals MVP again. Houston became the first and only team who wasn’t a top four seed in their conference to win the Championship and first and only team to defeat four 50 win teams in the playoffs.
The Rockets were only able to make the second round the following season, resulting in the team trading for former MVP Charles Barkley in the 1996 off season. The Big 3 of Barkley, Drexler and Olajuwon was able to lead the team to the Western Conference Finals but were unable to overcome the Jazz.
Injuries saw the team only just make the playoffs the next season, losing in the first round, with Drexler retiring after the season. The Rockets traded for Scottie Pippen to replace Dexler but saw another first round elimination and saw Pippen last just one year with the team before being traded.
Barkley would suffer a career ending injury and the team traded up the 1999 draft to select Steve Francis. Francis would win 2000 Rookie of the Year but the team would be unable to make the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
Houston would fail to make the playoffs again and after 17 seasons with the team, Olajuwon requested a trade and after the team did everything they could to keep him, they eventually traded him to the Toronto Raptors.
The Rockets won the first pick in the 2002 draft, selecting another big man, 7’6 center, Yao Ming. Despite the big man’s dominance, and the front office building around him, including adding Tracy McGrady, the team only made the playoffs five times over ten years, and only made the second round once in that time.
In the 2012 offseason, aggressive General Manager Daryl Morey traded for reigning Sixth Man of the Year, James Harden. The addition of Harden saw the Rockets go back to the playoffs, but were unable to win a first round series in his first two seasons.
The 2014-15 season saw Houston win a division title for the first time in 20 years and make it to the Western Conference Finals, losing to eventual champions, the Golden State Warriors. This was the first of multiple intense contests with the Warriors, seeing Harden go head to head with Steph Curry.
The 2015-16 season saw regression from the Rockets, only qualifying for the playoffs by winning their last game of the season, coming up against the Warriors in the first round. Again Harden and the Rockets were no match, losing 4-1.
Mike D’Antoni was hired as head coach and Eric Gordon would go on to win Sixth Man of the Year, while Harden was handed the keys to the car and began his real dominance of, not just the Rockets, but the entire NBA. D’Antoni would win Coach of the Year in his first season and Houston would defeat the Thunder before falling to Texas rivals, the San Antonio Spurs.
The 2017-18 season saw the Rockets trade for multi time All Star point guard, Chris Paul, and finish on top of the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history. Harden would dominate the league and win his first MVP, leading Houston past the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Utah Jazz to set up a second Western Conference Finals match up with the Warriors.
Houston were up 3-2 and looking set to advance to the Finals, but Paul went down with a hamstring injury and saw the Warriors win the last two games. Harden and Paul led the team past the Jazz in the first round of the 2019 playoffs, but came up against the Warriors in the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons, and lost for the fourth time.
With chemistry issues between Harden and Paul, the team traded the latter to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Harden’s old team, for former MVP Russell Westbrook. Reuniting Westbrook with Harden brought big expectations for the Rockets, who struggled through the middle part of the season before it was suspended due to COVID-19.
When the season returned, the Rockets went 4-4 in their seeding games and finished fourth in the West, facing the Thunder in the first round. Harden and Westbrook won the first two games against their old team, before Paul led the Thunder two wins in the next two games. The teams split games five and six to set up a winner takes all game seven.
The Rockets played good across the board and a big defensive play by Harden to close out the game gave Houston a two point win to advance to the second round. The Rockets faced the Lakers and won the first game against the one-seed of the Western Conference, before dropping the next four and being eliminated from the playoffs.
Mike D’Antoni’s contract finished and a mutual decision between him and the team meant he wasn’t offered a new contract and the Rockets ended up signing Stephen Silas as head coach. It will be interesting to see if/how Silas makes the Harden and Westbrook pairing work, with the Championship the only goal for the team.
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Silas is embarking on his first season as an NBA Head Coach, but has been in the league as an assistant coach since the age of 27, way back in the year 2000.
He spent five years as an assistant coach at the Golden State Warriors (2006-2010) where he has been credited with the development of a young Steph Curry, as well as working with a young LeBron James while he was an assistant coach at the Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-2005).
The Rockets’ roster is in a state of flux after the bumper James Harden deal, where they received Victor Oladipo and a slew of draft picks for their disgruntled superstar. Silas should have time to find his feet as the Rockets build a new, post-Harden, identity.
Oladipo came to the Rockets as a part of the James Harden deal, and will be looking to recapture his All-Star level output from the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
He missed a full year of basketball due to a serious knee injury, but has explosive scoring power and elite defensive skills, allowing him to be a serious two-way threat when fit and firing.
Oladipo was 9th in the league in scoring (23.1 points per game) in his last full season, and if he can remain healthy, the Rockets should have a potent back court combination with fellow guard John Wall.
Wall is another injury-prone former All-Star new to Houston, who the Rockets received after dealing Russell Westbrook. Wall’s resume speaks for itself, with 5 All-Star appearances and consistently high output when fit.
However, Wall has been struggling with left knee and left ankle injuries since the 2017-2018 seasons, only managing to grace the court 73 times over the past three seasons. At his best, Wall is one of the most dynamic point guards in the league, and the Rockets will be hoping he can turn back the clock and keep his body healthy.
With a disappointing playoff exit and uncertainty surrounding the Harden and Westbrook pairing, Houston’s 2020-21 NBA Championship odds opened at +2200.
High expectations when pairing two former MVPs saw Houston’s record against the spread suffer, finishing last season at 33-38-1.
Those big expectations surrounding the pair’s offensive firepower saw high total point lines set for the Rockets, with their over / under record being 29-42-1, worst in the league. Their record was similar at both home and away, being 15-21 and 14-21-1 respectively.
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Where do the Houston Rockets play?
The Houston Rockets play their home games at the Toyota Center.
Who owns the Houston Rockets?
Tillman Fertitta is the owner of the Houston Rockets after purchasing the team for $2.2 billion in 2017.
Have the Houston Rockets won an NBA Championship?
The Houston Rockets have won 2 NBA Championships, in 1994 and 1995.
Who is the Houston Rockets coach?
Stephen Silas is the head coach of the Houston Rockets. Silas was hired in the 2020 offseason after being an assistant coach at the Dallas Mavericks.
Do the Houston Rockets play tonight?
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What is the Houston Rockets record?
The Houston Rockets had a 44-28 win-loss record for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Did the Houston Rockets win last night?
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How much are the Houston Rockets worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Houston Rockets are worth $2.475 billion.
Who do the Houston Rockets play tonight?
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How to watch the Houston Rockets?
You can watch the Houston Rockets on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or AT&T SportsNet, or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Houston Rockets make the playoffs this year?
The Houston Rockets made the playoffs in the 2019-20 season after finishing 4th in the West with a 44-28 record.
Will the Houston Rockets get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
The Houston Rockets received the 22nd pick in the 2020 NBA draft, but due to a previous trade have sent this pick to the Denver Nuggets. The Houston Rockets do not have a draft pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
When do the Houston Rockets play?
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Where did the Houston Rockets finish the season?
The Houston Rockets finished the 2019-20 NBA season in 4th in the Western Conference.
How many games did the Houston Rockets win?
The Houston Rockets won 44 games during the 2019-20 NBA season.
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