The Houston Rockets had one of the best decades of any franchise in the 2010s. From Western Conference Finals appearances to MVP-worthy seasons, there was never a shortage of excitement in Houston. Though the Rockets fell short of an NBA championship, the 2010s will always be remembered as some of the best years in the teams’ history.
Houston Rockets All-Decade Team for the 2010s
Guard: James Harden
Normally, the first guard position would go to the point guard. In this case, though, it would be criminal not to list James Harden first. It’s no stretch to call Harden the best guard in Rockets history, let alone for the 2010s. If not for some guy named Hakeem Olajuwon, there wouldn’t be much of a case against Harden for the best player in franchise history.
It’s impossible to understate the phenomenal decade Harden had. Though he receives plenty of criticism for his style of play, the results are irrefutable. His plethora of 40, 50, and even 60-point outings paired with an MVP award and a handful of near-misses for the trophy put Harden into an elite category. If not for the Golden State Warriors dynasty, Harden’s Rockets likely would have notched at least one NBA title before the end of the decade.
Guard: Chris Paul
Perhaps no other player had the type of impact Chris Paul had on the Houston Rockets. Though Harden obviously carried the load, the addition of Paul turned the team into legitimate title contenders. He completely transformed the squad into one of the single best teams of the 2010s seemingly overnight.
Unfortunately, Paul’s tenure with the Rockets will be remembered for one playoff series. The Rockets were up 3-2 on the Warriors in the 2018 Western Conference Finals. Then, Paul suffered a hamstring injury. The Warriors ended up coming back, winning back-to-back games in Paul’s absence and went on to win their third NBA Finals in four years. If not for the injury, basketball history could be drastically different.
Forward: Trevor Ariza
Before Paul arrived and turned the Rockets into title contenders, Trevor Ariza re-shaped the Houston Rockets. Prior to his arrival in 2014, no one took the Rockets seriously. His addition truly vaulted the team onto the national stage as he and Harden led the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals in 2015.
Ariza remained one of the most consistent pieces during Houston’s relative dominance from 2014 until his final season in 2018. Once he was gone, the team just didn’t feel the same. They were never truly able to fill the hole he left behind.
Forward: Luis Scola
Before there was Harden, there was Luis Scola. Scola had the tall task of bridging the Rockets from the Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming era into the unknown future. When the Rockets needed a hero, he stepped up and filled the shoes.
Scola may have never been an all-world talent, but his contributions to Houston will always be remembered. In 2011, he helped lead …read more