Houston Rockets: 30 Greatest players in franchise history

By Ben Beecken
Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon, Kenny Smith, Robert Horry, Vernon Maxwell, Otis Thorpe (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon, Kenny Smith, Robert Horry, Vernon Maxwell, Otis Thorpe (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Houston Rockets Sleepy Floyd (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Sleepy Floyd (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

. . Point Guard. Sleepy Floyd. 25. 169


  • Six seasons with the Rockets (1987-93)

  • Averaged 11.5 points and 5.4 assists per game

Sleepy Floyd was originally the No. 13 pick of the 1982 NBA Draft by the then-New Jersey Nets. He only played 42 games for the Nets before being traded to the Golden State Warriors during the 1982-83 season.

Floyd spent parts of five seasons with the Warriors before being shipped to Houston during the 1987-88 campaign.

After making the All-Star team in 1987 at age 26, Floyd’s career took a slight downturn in terms of scoring production. After averaging 21.2 points in 18 games for Golden State at the start of the season, Floyd averaged 13.1 points per game, while shooting just 43.1 percent from the field over 59 contests with Houston the rest of the way.

The Rockets went 46-36 and made the playoffs that year, but fell to the Dallas Mavericks in four games in the first round of the postseason. The next year, the Rockets improved to 45 wins under head coach Don Chaney, while Floyd averaged 14.2 points and 8.6 assists per game, his best totals in a Rockets uniform.

In 1989-90, Floyd enjoyed his last season as a regular starter and put up 12.2 points and 7.3 assists per game, as the team only managed to go 41-41, losing in four games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.

Floyd spend three years as the primary backup point guard in Space City before being waived and heading to the San Antonio Spurs in 1993 for his age-33 season. The final year of his career was spent with the Nets as a part-time player.

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