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Houston Rockets Hall of Famers

The Houston Rockets made their initial debut in the ABA as the San Diego Rockets. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston and red became their trademark color. Now, the red and white rockets jerseys can be spotted from a mile away. The Rockets have become a super team that is full of talent. As of 2017, the Rockets have 4 Division titles, 2 NBA championships, and 11 players inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Players Rick Barry, Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy, Moses Malone, Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen, Ralph Sampson, Dikembe Mutombo, and Yao Ming have taken their spots in the hall of fame.


Rick Barry

Rick Barry was an ABA/NBA player from 1965 to 1980. Barry finished out his professional career as a small forward with the Rockets, playing from 1978 to 1980. Barry was known for his seemingly odd – yet very effective – underhand free throw technique.  By the time Barry retired in 1980, he had the best free throw percentage in NBA history.

Barry set many NBA standards with his skill level. Barry once led the ABA, NBA, and NCAA in scoring for an entire season. He is the only player to achieve this feat. Barry boasts an NBA championship, NBA finals MVP title, and much more. Barry once averaged a total of 40.8 in an NBA finals series, being a record that went unmatched for 30 years. Barry was respectfully inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.


Elvin Hayes

Elvin Hayes was a professional NBA player from 1968 to 1984. Hayes played as a center and a power forward for the San Diego/Houston Rockets from 1968 to 1972. He later returned from 1981 to 1984. Hayes ranks as number four in most NBA rebounds with a total of 16,279 total rebounds in his career. Barry is most known for his highest career scoring game in which he made 54 points against the Detroit Pistons. Barry was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.

Hayes ranks as number four in most NBA rebounds with a total of 16,279 total rebounds in his career. Barry is most known for his highest career scoring game in which he made 54 points against the Detroit Pistons. Barry was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.


Calvin Murphy

Calvin Murphy was a point guard and shooting guard for the San Diego/Houston Rockets through the entire span of his career, from 1970 to 1983. Murphy was quick on his feet an amazing free-throw shooter. He possessed great ball handling skills.Murphy set records for having the most consecutive free throws shot and having the highest free-throw percentage in an individual season. As of 2017, Murphy is one of the shortest players to ever be inducted

Murphy set records for having the most consecutive free throws shot and having the highest free-throw percentage in an individual season. As of 2017, Murphy is one of the shortest players to ever be inducted into the hall of fame, standing at 5’9”. Barry was respectfully inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame 1993 and has a number 23 retired jersey with the Houston Rockets.


Moses Malone

Moses Malone was an NBA center from 1974 to 1995. Malone played for the Houston Rockets from 1976 to 1982. Malone boasts an NBA championship, an NBA MVP title, and a number 24 retired jersey by the Rockets. Moses Malone was a thirteen time all star and ranks seventh all-time in the league with 29,580 points, and third with 17,834 rebounds. Malone was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.


Clyde Drexler

Clyde Dexter was an NBA shooting guard and small forward from 1983 to 1988. Drexler was a player for the Houston Rockets from 1995 to 1998. Through his career, Drexler picked up the nickname “Clyde the Glide” for his effortless sweeps to the goal.

Drexler boasts an NBA championship, ten NBA all-star games, and an Olympic gold medal. Drexler has been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame twice: once in 2004 for his individual career and again in 2010 as a member of the “NBA Dream Team.” Drexler still serves the Houston Rockets as a color commentator for home games.


Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley is one of the most celebrated NBA players ever. Barkley is among four people to ever pass the 20,000 point, 10,000 rebound, 4,000 assist mark. Barkley was an NBA power forward from 1984 to 2000. Barley boasts an NBA MVP title, eleven NBA All-Star games, and two olympic gold medals.He picked up the Nickname “Sir Charles” for his demand for respect through his amazing skill.Barkley was respectfully inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as a member of the “Dream Team”.

He picked up the Nickname “Sir Charles” for his demand for respect through his amazing skill. Barkley was respectfully inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as a member of the “Dream Team.”


Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon has been hailed as one of the greatest NBA players in history. Olajuwon was an NBA center from 1984 to 2002. Olajuwon played for the Rockets from 1984 to 2001. In 1993, Olajuwon had his greatest season ever, becoming the first player to be named NBA MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP all in one year.Olajuwon is known for his versatility on the court, and his ball handling, particularly the “dream shake”. Olajuwon boasts two NBA championships, two NBA finals titles, two NBA finals titles and an olympic gold medal to name a few. He has recorded 26,946 points, 13,747 rebounds, and 3,830 total blocks in his career.Olajuwon was deservedly inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Olajuwon is known for his versatility on the court, and his ball handling, particularly the “dream shake.” Olajuwon boasts two NBA championships, two NBA finals titles, two NBA finals titles and an Olympic gold medal to name a few. He has recorded 26,946 points, 13,747 rebounds, and 3,830 total blocks in his career. Olajuwon was deservedly inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.


Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen was an NBA small forward from 1987 to 2004, playing for the Rockets from 1998-1999. Pippen boast six NBA championships, an NBA all-star MVP title, and two Olympic gold medals. Pippen holds the record for the second most NBA finals appearances.

Pippen was known for his versatility as he could orchestrate the team, rebound, and score like no other. Pippen is also the only player to have won an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal all in the same year, which he has done twice. Pippen has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice. Once for his individual career, and as a member of the “Dream Team”, both in 2010.


Ralph Sampson

Ralph Sampson is an NBA small forward and power forward from 1983 to 1991. Sampson was a first selection in the 1983 NBA draft, Sampson boasts 4 NBA all-star games, an NBA MVP All-Star title and an NBA Rookie of The Year title. Sampson entered the league with very high expectations. He was able to meet these and become the NBA Rookie of The Year.

Sampson’s career was unfortunately cut short due to injuries. However, he was respectfully inducted into the Naismith hall of Fame in 2012.


Dikembe Motumbo

Dikembe Mutombo was an NBA center from 1991 to 2009. He currently has the second most blocks in NBA history. He boasts 4 NBA defensive player of the year titles, eight NBA all-star teams, 2 seasons as an NBA rebounding leader. He picked up the nickname “Mt. Motumbo” for his shot-blocking abilities that would often leave players speechless. Mutombo was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.


Yao Ming

Yao Ming is Chinese basketball player that once played in the CBA before moving to the NBA. He was a number one draft pick. Yao Ming became the first international player ever to be selected first overall without US college basketball experience.

Yao Ming is a whopping 7ft 6 and was once the tallest player in the NBA. He picked up the nickname “The Gentle Giant” because of his height, yet his soft touch and nice-guy attitude. Ming was recently inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.


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3rd February 2017
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