4 Houston Rockets players who’ve won awards during All-Star weekend

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3. Ralph Sampson – 1985 All-Star Game MVP

During the 1984-85 season, Ralph Sampson was the Rockets’ leading scorer, as the future Hall of Famer averaged 22.1 points per game, which was the most points Sampson ever averaged through his Hall of Fame career. Sampson also averaged 10.4 rebounds per game and gave the Houston Rockets a dominant duo of Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Sampson’s sophomore season was so stellar that it landed him an appearance in the 1985 All-Star game, which was his second consecutive All-Star selection. Sampson had an all-around masterful game, as he had 24 points and 10 rebounds, one assist and one block.

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Sampson was the game’s leading scorer and was also the leading rebounder for the Western Conference All-Star team. Sampson was also very efficient, as he went 10-of-15, which was good for 66.7 percent from the floor.

Team West would go on to win, as they throttled Team East 140 to 129. Prior to the arrival of Russell Westbrook, Sampson was the lone Houston Rockets player to ever be named the All-Star Game MVP.

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