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Selecting the Houston Rockets’ All-Time Starting Lineup

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Selecting the Houston Rockets' All-Time Starting Lineup

Houston Rockets' All-Time Starting Lineup
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The Houston Rockets have quite an impressive "Mount Rushmore" of big men, but you can't build a starting lineup of all centers and power forwards. Dwight Howard and James Harden are the current headliners for the Rockets, but are they good enough to make it on the Rockets' all-time starting lineup? Take a look and see.

5. PG Calvin Murphy

PG Calvin Murphy Houston Rockets' All-time Great
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5. PG Calvin Murphy

PG Calvin Murphy Houston Rockets' All-time Great
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Calvin Murphy stood at 5-foot-9 tall, and he used his low center of gravity to his advantage. Murphy was a stout defender as he was very disruptive in the passing lanes, but he was also able to average 17.9 PPG in his playing days for the San Diego Rockets. He probably was best known for his excellent FT shooting ability as he shot 89.2 percent for his career. So far, he's the shortest player to ever make it into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

4. SG Clyde Drexler

SG Clyde Drexler Houston Rockets' All-time Great
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4. SG Clyde Drexler

SG Clyde Drexler Houston Rockets' All-time Great
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Clyde "The Glide" Drexler was originally a Portland Trail Blazer, but he won his only championship as a Houston Rocket in the 1994-95 season. No doubt, center Hakeem Olajuwon was "the man" on the team, but Drexler did a fine job of pulling his own weight in the 1994-95 playoffs. Drexler averaged 20 PPG and also led the team in steals and assists as the Rockets went on to cap the postseason with a four-game Finals sweep of the Orlando Magic.

3. SF Tracy McGrady

SF Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets' All-time Great
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3. SF Tracy McGrady

SF Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets' All-time Great
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If he would have stayed healthy, who knows how successful the Houston Rockets would have been? SF Tracy McGrady and C Yao Ming were supposed to deliver the same one-two punch that Shaq and Kobe patented in L.A., but injuries to T-Mac and Ming derailed the Rockets' hopes for championship glory. McGrady was a cold-blooded scorer with the rare "clutch gene", so wing-player James Harden will have a ways to go before he finds his name on this list.

2. PF Moses Malone

PF Moses Malone Houston Rockets' All-time Great
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2. PF Moses Malone

PF Moses Malone Houston Rockets' All-time Great
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Before there was Ming, there was Malone, and Moses Malone didn't waste any time asserting his dominance in the NBA. Malone was a beast on the boards and he led the league in rebounding six times. As a Rocket, he won the league MVP award twice and quickly earned the respect of other greats like Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Nobody can take his starting job on this team, especially if you want to control the boards and score down low.

1. C Hakeem Olajuwon

Center Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets' All-time Great
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1. C Hakeem Olajuwon

Center Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets' All-time Great
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Dwight who? There's no way Dwight Howard can start on this squad when the most versatile big-man, and arguably the most versatile player in the history of the game, made his mark as a legend in the 1990s. When Michael Jordan retired (the first time), Hakeem Olajuwon took over the NBA and led the Rockets to back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995. Olajuwon is a living legend, because he made "The Dream" of winning it all a reality in Houston.

Walton Yeboah-Amoako is a Columnist for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @WaltYeboah, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google