15 players the Rockets landed past their prime

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15. Glen Rice Sr.

Glen Rice has won on the highest levels, having win an NCAA championship with the Michigan Wolverines and an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers. Rice spent his first six seasons with the Miami Heat, becoming one of Miami's best 3-point shooters and scorers, averaging 22.3 points on two of his first six seasons. 

Rice went to the Charlotte Hornets and raised his level of play, to put it politely. Rice made the All-Star team in each if his three seasons in Charlotte and even made two All-NBA teams.

Rice shot 42 percent or better from deep in each of his three seasons with the Hornets and led the league in 3-point percentage in 1996-97, en route to shooting a staggering 47 percent from long-range.

Rice was that good. At that time.

The Rockets didn't get that version of Rice though. 

In fact, Rice averaged 8.6 points as a starter in the Space City in 2001-02 and shot a horrid 28.1 percent from deep on 3.2 attempts and 38.9 percent from the floor, which were all career-lows. Granted, Rice battled injuries during his first season with the Rockets, to be fair to him.

In Rice's second season in Houston, he averaged 9 points on 42.9 percent from the field (not significantly better), but he did up his long-range shooting splits to 39.8 percent from deep, while being in and out of the starting lineup.

The Rockets ultimately traded Rice to the Utah Jazz at the end of his second season with the franchise.