Houston Rockets 75th Anniversary Team Rank 12 - 10
This isn’t some Carmelo Anthony slander. Melo only played 10 relatively unproductive games for the Rockets in 2018-19. The experience saw him on the verge of being out of the league. However, Melo reinvented his game and his expectations and has had a successful second stint as an instant offense bench player.
11 Rick Barry
Rick Barry is an all-time great. Unfortunately, by the time he suited up for the Rockets, he was at the end of his hall of fame career. Over two seasons in Houston, Barry averaged 12.8 points per game, which was half of the 26.9 points per game he averaged up until that point in his career. Barry obviously realized that his time was coming to an end and retired following the 1979-80 season. He had a Hall of Fame career but was a rotation player in Houston.
Scottie Pippen spent one season in Houston and it was the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season. While his time as a Rocket was limited to 50 games, he was still a productive player. He averaged 14.5 points, 5.9 assists, and 6.5 rebounds playing next to Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon. The Rockets led the league in points per game at 97 and went 31-19. Unfortunately, they were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers the season before they’d embark on their threepeat. In the offseason, Pippen was traded to the Portland Trailblazers for six players that could be charitably described as scrubs.