15 players the Rockets landed past their prime

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9. DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins was a bully on the block at his peak, as his physicality in the post made it difficult for opponents to defend him. His ability to bang with opposing bigs meant that he would either get a quality look or he would get fouled.

Cousins was a four-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA center, and possessed underrated passing ability, averaging nearly four assists per game throughout his career. Cousins even led the Sacramento Kings in assists in 2016-17 from the center position.

In addition, Cousins had a respectable enough 3-point shot (a career 33.1 percent shooter from long-range), which only added more to his arsenal. 

However, by the time he came to the Rockets, he was in his 10th season and wasn't the same player. Cousins had suffered injuries to his lower extremities and was gotten much thinner, thus eliminating the size advantage he'd once had.

Cousins started 11 games for the Rockets, averaging 13.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 37.1 percent from deep, but wasn't really effective. His footwork was diminished and his mobility was limited. His defense had gotten even worse, and it was already atrocious during his prime.

The Rockets ultimately weren't able to fetch a trade for the Kentucky product and ultimately released him.