The Houston Rockets have etched themselves into NBA history in many ways throughout the years and currently hold three single-season records in particular.
From setting franchise records recently to setting NBA records, the Houston Rockets have entered their name in basketball history books many times throughout their existence. Of course, having players like James Harden, Hakeem Olajuwon and Moses Malone on your side will do that.
While the Rockets hold multiple all-time records such as for most blocks (Hakeem) and most offensive rebounds (Malone), there are actually a few regular-season records currently held by a Rocket as well.
Here are three single-season records held by a member of the franchise as of 2020:
1. Most Turnovers in a Season
- Harden (2017) – 464
- Westbrook (2017) – 438
- Harden (2019) – 387
- Westbrook (2018) – 381
- Harden (2016) – 374
While that may look bad, an important thing to keep in mind is the usage rate of both superstars. It’s hard to find anyone that’s ever been relied upon more than James and Russell have been for the Rockets and Thunder over the past few years.
As a result, the majority of the team’s turnovers are committed by their star, but it doesn’t necessarily translate to the team struggling as a whole when it comes to giving the ball away.
In 2019, Houston was in the top six in the league in turnovers per game despite Harden’s 387. In 2018, Oklahoma City was tied for 13th in the league when it came to limiting turnovers, even though Westbrook was responsible for 381 alone.
When it comes to their first season together, Harden is second only to Trae Young this season when it comes to total turnovers, with 273 to Young’s 289. Westbrook is fifth in the league, three behind LeBron James with 236.
Still, the Rockets are right in the middle of the pack in turnovers per game, sitting at 15th with 14.7 per. While it doesn’t look great on paper, fortunately, this statistic hasn’t shown that it affects the overall success of the respective teams.