Where Houston Rockets rank on USA TODAY’s all-time NBA players list

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Since 2021-22 is officially the NBA’s 75th season, the league office is planning to release the NBA 75, a list of the 75 greatest all-time players. The official unveiling is set to occur later this month.

With that in mind, a diverse panel arranged by USA TODAY Sports recently compiled its own list of the NBA’s top 75 legends.

The panel consisted of Jeff Zillgitt, Mark Medina, Nancy Armour, Dan Wolken, Matt Eppers, Larry Starks and Larry Berger of USA TODAY; Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic; Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal; Berry Tramel of the Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman; Evan Barnes of the Memphis Commercial Appeal; Omari Sankofa of the Detroit Free Press; and former USA TODAY NBA writers J Michael and Greg Boeck.

While you will need a subscription to see the full USA TODAY list with all of the additional context, we extracted players from the list who spent time with the Rockets. Scroll down to see the Houston inclusions.


Where Houston Rockets rank among NBA's 75 greatest players ever

No. 67: Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard Rockets
Dwight Howard Rockets

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No. 66: Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady Rockets
Tracy McGrady Rockets

Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

No. 62: Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony

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No. 50: Clyde Drexler

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

No. 40 (tie): James Harden, Russell Westbrook

Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

No. 39: Elvin Hayes

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No. 38: Chris Paul

Photo by Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 31: Rick Barry

Photo by Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Network.

No. 22: Scottie Pippen

Photo by VINCE BUCCI/AFP via Getty Images

No. 21: Charles Barkley

AP Photo/Eric Drotter

No. 12: Hakeem Olajuwon

Rudy Tomjanovich
Rudy Tomjanovich

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

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