Lets take a look at the single season leaders in assists per game in Houston Rockets’ history.
The Houston Rockets have had a lot of great passers throughout the years.
Since the franchise started in San Diego back in 1967, many Rockets guards have dished out a ton of dimes.
Lets find out who averaged the most single season assists in franchise history.
5. James Harden – 7.5
James Harden led the Rockets with 7.5 assists per game during the 2015-16 season. After making it to the Western Conference Finals in the previous year, the Rockets struggled out of the gate. They dropped 7 of their first 11 games which led to the firing of head coach Kevin McHale. The Rockets finished with a 41-41 record and lost in first-round of the playoffs to the Golden State Warriors.
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4. Sleepy Floyd – 8.6
Eric “Sleepy” Floyd averaged 8.6 assists per game in the 1988-89 season. Surely, his passing numbers benefitted from having Hakeem Olajuwon and Otis Thorpe down low. The team finished with a 45-37 record before losing to the Seattle SuperSonics 3-1 in the first-round of the playoffs.
3. John Lucas – 8.8
John Lucas averaged 8.8 assists over the course of the 1985-86 season. Like Sleepy Floyd, Lucas benefitted from having Hakeem Olajuwon and 7’4″ Ralph Sampson in the post. The 32-year-old Lucas helped lead Houston to a 51-31 record. The Rockets advanced all the way to the NBA Finals, where they lost to Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in six games.
2. John Lucas – 9.4
During John Lucas’ first stint with the Rockets in the 1977-78 season, he averaged 9.4 assists a game. Despite featuring franchise greats like Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy and Rudy Tomjanovich, the team finished the season with a 28-54 record and failed to make the postseason.
1. James Harden – 11.2
James Harden led the Rockets and the league with 11.2 assists per game in the 2016-17 season. The Beard helped the Rockets win 55 game, finishing with the third best record in the NBA. Houston would eventually fall to San Antonio in the second-round of the playoffs in six games. But James Harden had one of the best offensive seasons in NBA history, averaging 29.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 11.2 assists a game.