How do the 2017 Houston Rockets stack up against the 1995 title team?

Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Houston Rockets Clint Capela (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

2017 – Clint Capela

Averaging a double-double for an entire season is nothing to take for granted. Clint Capela did just that when he averaged 13.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game as he continued to establish himself as one of the best young centers in the league.

Capela came a long way in a short period of time from late first-round project to the starting center on a championship-caliber team. The issue for Capela was the playoffs, specifically when he had to face the Golden State Warriors.

When the Warriors played their death lineup, it took Capela out of the series and limited his impact for the entire Western Conference Finals.

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Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon (Photo by DOUG COLLIER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG COLLIER/AFP via Getty Images) /

1995 – Hakeem Olajuwon

One of the greatest centers of all time, Hakeem Olajuwon was a guard in a center’s body. With an innate ability to take centers off the dribble or post up any player in the league, Olajuwon was the best player in the league for two straight years.

Even though Olajuwon didn’t win the regular season MVP in 1995, he more than showed why he was the best player in the league by having one of the best postseason runs of any player in history. The Dream ended the year by taking home an even greater award, the NBA Finals MVP.


Let’s keep this short. To this day, Hakeem Olajuwon is the best player to ever put on a Houston Rockets uniform and is one of the greatest NBA players of all time.

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