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Explaining the 15 oddest nicknames in Houston Rockets history

Houston Rockets James Harden Chris Paul (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets James Harden Chris Paul (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Eric Gordon #10 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon #10 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets have had The Dream, The Glide and The Beard, but what’s the story behind some of the odder nicknames given to their players over the years?

With 384 total players throughout their storied history, the Houston Rockets have been home to some of the greatest players ever. The best ones aren’t only known by one name, with The Dream, The Glide and the Beard being prime examples.

Not all nicknames make a lot of sense, though — and you certainly don’t have to be an all-time great to be given one. I mean, even Alex Caruso has two nicknames.

There have been several Rockets over time that have had great nicknames while others have left me scratching my head. As you’ll soon learn, even players that have existing nicknames, like James Harden and Steve Francis, have lesser-known nicknames according to Basketball-Reference.com.

I’ll be exclusively using Basketball-Reference for the purposes of this list, as it seems to be one of the few sites that track such a thing and also happens to have some of the strangest, most inexplicable nicknames I’ve ever heard.

Ranked in no particular order, we start with number 15.

Next: No. 15 & 14

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