3. Aaron Brooks (6 ft.)
Stats as a Rocket: 11.7 PPG, 3.3 AST, 1.8 REB
Aaron Brooks can be thought of as the connective thread between the mediocre and great Houston Rockets on this list. He showed flashes of greatness at times and other times was just a perfectly serviceable point guard.
The Rockets took a chance on the 6-foot guard in the 2007 NBA draft, giving him spot minutes for 51 games in his rookie year. After Rafer Alson was shipped off to the Orlando Magic, Brooks became the team’s starting point guard, where he would really begin to shine.
While his sophomore season was a great sign, his third year in the league is when Brooks broke out. Averaging 19.6 points and 5.3 assists that season, Aaron earned the NBA Most Improved Player award.
An unfortunate ankle injury in 2010 effectively ended his stint with the Rockets, as he was traded for Goran Dragic the following year.
2. Kyle Lowry (6 ft.)
Stats as a Rocket: 11.5 PPG, 5.6 AST, 3.9 REB
Now in his 14th year in the league and thriving with the defending champion Toronto Raptors, Kyle Lowry is one of those that got away. Acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-way trade that sent Rafer Alston to Orlando, Lowry only improved as his time with the Rockets went on.
Lowry’s arrival coincided with the promotion of Brooks to starting point guard, but even in that role, he showed flashes of brilliance. By the time the 2010-11 season came around, he was the full-time starting point guard for Houston and averaged 13.5 points and 6.7 assists that year.
At the conclusion of that season, Kevin McHale replaced Head Coach Rick Adelman, which was the beginning of the end for Lowry’s time on the Rockets. The two never really were on the same page, which led to him being traded in 2012 for Gary Forbes and a future first-rounder.
Since then, Lowry has made six NBA All-Star appearances with the Raptors and has been averaging 17.6 points and 7.1 assists in eight stellar seasons with Toronto.
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