The annual Sports illustrated Top 100 NBA players list was just released, and to no one’s surprise, multiple Houston Rockets make an appearance.
The Houston Rockets have enjoyed success in recent years, finishing with 55, 65, and 53 wins over the last three seasons. With perennial All-Star James Harden leading the way, the team is poised to have another 50-plus win season in 2019-20.
As SI illustrates with their inclusion of five Rockets, the success Houston has had recently can be attributed to more than just The Beard. Role players such as Eric Gordon, Clint Capela, and P.J. Tucker have contributed to Houston’s wins in both the regular season and postseason.
The Rockets also recently added Russell Westbrook, who along with James Harden, will form perhaps the best backcourt in today’s league. Both Harden and Westbrook combined have earned nearly every individual accolade there is, from regular-season NBA MVP’s to multiple All-Star selections, to Sixth Man of the Year. One thing that has eluded the duo, however, is a chance to raise the Larry O’Brien trophy in June. Harden and Westbrook will look to add the most important piece of hardware to their trophy closets this season.
Since the Rockets are expected to be one of the top teams in the league once again next season, they expectedly have a handful of players who are among the best in the league. Here is a breakdown of all the Houston Rockets that made the cut for Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 NBA players list.
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