Ranking the 10 best passers in Houston Rockets history

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10. Hakeem Olajuwon

It’s tough to have any kind of all-time Houston Rockets list that doesn’t include The Dream. Hakeem Olajuwon is not only easily the greatest Rocket in history, but is firmly in many people’s top five NBA players ever.

The Hall of Famer averaged 22.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.2 blocks over his career with Houston and led the team to its two championships in the mid-90s. Understandably, the 7-footer wasn’t expected to be Magic Johnson when it comes to passing the ball, but Hakeem still held his own in that regard.

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While he averaged just 2.5 assists per game throughout his career, Olajuwon played so long with the franchise (17 seasons), that he’s still fourth in franchise history in assists with 2,992.

Including the 66 assists the Dream had with the Toronto Raptors in his final NBA season, Hakeem surpassed the 3,000 mark with 3,058 total assists throughout his legendary career.

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9. Clyde Drexler

Another Hall of Famer, Clyde Drexler certainly didn’t need to be on the Rockets for very long to have a lasting impact. The 10-time NBA All-Star won his lone NBA title as a crucial member of the 1994-95 roster, having an impressive playoff run that helped the team secure a back-to-back.

Since he only played the equivalent of about three seasons for Houston when it comes to games played, though, Drexler didn’t quite make as much of an impact when it comes to dishing the ball as some of the other guys that stayed on the team longer.

Still, the Glide averaged 5.4 assists per game as a Rocket, which is tied for ninth all-time in franchise history. Clyde did most of his damage in the league as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, but will forever have a big place in the heart of H-Town.

Clyde finished his career with 6,125 total assists, with 1,192 of those coming as a member of the Rockets.

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