15 players the Rockets landed past their prime

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11. Juwan Howard

In his prime, Juwan Howard was a highly-effective scorer in the low post. Howard wasn't exactly super athletic but he was very fluid for a power forward.

And he was a very good passer in his prime, averaging 3 or more assists in each of his first 8 seasons. Howard averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds as a rookie and was an All-Star and All-NBA member by his second year in the NBA, averaging 22.1 points and 8.1 rebounds. 

And he was a defensive force in the post.

Howard consistently averaged around 19 points and 8 rebounds in each of the next 3 seasons and never cracked the 10-rebound mark, as he wasn't a great rebounder. Howard could get out and run and was a great finisher.

Howard joined the Rockets in his 11th season and wasn't nearly the player he was at his peak. Howard had lost a good bit of his explosiveness and it showed.

Howard averaged 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in his first year with the Rockets, which wasn't great for a starter, as those were both career lows at that point. Howard's second season in Houston wasn't much better, as he averaged 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Howard's final year went quite similar to his opening season with the Rockets, as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. It was clear that he wasn't the same force as he was early in his career with the Washington Bullets and Denver Nuggets.