Houston Rockets: The 15 greatest centers of all-time

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Zaid Abdul-Aziz

Center, (1972-75, 1977-78)

Zaid Abdul-Aziz was taken by the Cincinnati Royals with the fifth overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft. Abdul-Aziz found his way to Houston when he was sold to the Rockets from the then Seattle SuperSonics in 1972.

Abdul-Aziz averaged 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in the 1972-73 season, his first with the Rockets. Rockets greats Calvin Murphy and Rudy Tomjanovich played on that team, but Houston struggled to win consistently, finishing the season just 33-49.

Abdul-Aziz had his best year as a Rocket in the 1973-74 season, averaging 10.9 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He was waived by Houston in 1975 before eventually signing with the SuperSonics again. From there, he had brief stints with the Buffalo Braves and Boston Celtics before finding his way back to the Rockets in 1978.

By that time, the 31-year-old was a shell of his former self and only appeared in 14 games for Houston in the 1977-78 season. He was waived again a few months later and retired from the game of basketball. Abdul-Aziz averaged 9.5 points and 8.0 rebounds over four seasons with Houston.

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