Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets were created in San Diego, CA in 1967. From 1967-1971 the franchise played as the San Diego Rockets. In 1971, the franchise relocated to Houston, where they have played ever since.

The team plays in the Southwest division of the Western Conference in the NBA. They are owned by Tilman Fertitta, and coached by Mike D'Antoni. The Rockets play in the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Notable Players

The most notable players to suit up for the Rockets include all-time greats such as Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. The Rockets are currently led by James Harden, who is one of the best players in the world heading into the 2019-20 season.

Success

Since they were founded, the Rockets have won 2 NBA championships, in 1994 and 1995. They have also won 7 division titles and 4 conference titles.

In 2018 James Harden and Chris Paul led the team to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, only to lose to the Golden State Warriors.

The Western Conference

The Houston Rockets have long been looked at as "the team that could topple the Warriors", who have dominated the Western Conference for years. However, after losing in consecutive playoffs to the Warriors, the Rockets have undergone some changes, as has the rest of the NBA.

The Rockets no longer have Chris Paul, who was one of the game's best point guards. Paul became plagued with injuries last year, and the team may be better off looking to fresh new players.

Despite an eventful offseason, the Rockets remain a favorite to contend for the NBA championship. The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook gave the Rockets the fourth best odds to win the championship heading into the season.

Basic Facts

  • Founding Date: 1967
  • City: Houston, TX
  • Conference: NBA Western
  • Number of NBA Championships: 2 (1994, 1995)
  • Mascot: Clutch the Bear
  • Owner: Tilman Fertitta
  • Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni
  • Stadium: Toyota Center

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