4. Mario Elie – 3 Titles
Another member of the Rockets’ golden era, Mario Elie was traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to Houston before the start of the 1993-94 season. In 67 games, Elie averaged 9.3 points and 3.1 assists per game before helping Houston win its first NBA title in his first year with the team.
In his second year with Houston, Elie hit the biggest shot of his NBA career. In Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Suns, Mario nailed a corner 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds remaining to give the Rockets a 113-110 lead. I’ll take any excuse to show that shot, so here you go.
After another couple of years with Houston, Elie signed with the San Antonio Spurs before the 1998-99 season and proved to be a lucky charm once again. Elie started in all 17 games for the Spurs during their 15-2 tear through the playoffs that season to win his third NBA title in six years.
3. Larry Siegfried – 5 Titles
Like Henderson, Larry Siegfried is another example of a player whose time in Houston was very short but enjoyed a wealth of championship success elsewhere. Siegfried was in the league for nine seasons (1963-72), winning more titles than he lost by the time he retired.
So, how did he win so many championships in so little time? Well, Siegfried was part of the dominant Boston Celtics that won eight straight titles in the 1950s and 60s. All five of his championships came in his first six seasons, from 1963-69.
After the 1970 season, Larry ended up on the San Diego Rockets, who moved to Houston the following year. The 6-3 guard averaged 7.5 points and 5.8 assists with the Rockets before retiring with the Atlanta Hawks in 1972.
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