9. Jae'Sean Tate
Jae'Sean Tate began his NBA career when the Houston Rockets picked him up as a free agent in 2020. Since then, he has carved out a solid career for himself as a three-and-D wing. However, the Rockets' roster is a bit stacked with players of his archetype, and his future with the team appears to be growing more uncertain.
8. Fred VanVleet
Joining the Rockets in free agency this past summer, Fred VanVleet's leadership has provided a major boost for this team. His ball-handling skill and sharp shooting have done wonders toward getting the most out of this group of mostly youngsters.
With that said, VanVleet is no longer in his prime and will turn 30 next month. He is still one of the most important players on this team, but his long-term impact is relatively limited.
7. Dillon Brooks
The former Memphis Grizzly, Dillon Brooks is another important veteran to join Houston this offseason. Many doubted the impact he would have, but Brooks has been positively fantastic in his short time with the Rockets.
Everyone knows him as Dillon "the villain" given his hard-nosed play and gritty attitude on top of his stifling defense, but Brooks has also put up some of the best shooting numbers of his career this season, currently averaging over 40% from three-point range. Like VanVleet, he is a bit older, but it is not hard to see him as a veteran leader on this team for years to come.