There are few higher honors in the world of basketball than being recognized for your career on the court than entering the Hall of Fame. The Houston Rockets are one of the franchises that have had this honor bestowed on a number of players after they have called time on their career, with 12 ex-players currently in the Hall of Fame. Below, we will go through some of the players that have been honored in this way and reminisce about their career in the NBA.
Hakeem Olajuwon enjoyed an excellent career in the NBA, with almost the entirety of his career being spent with the Houston Rockets. He joined the Rockets following the 1984 NBA Draft, where he was selected first overall. Olajuwon would go on to play for the Rockets for 17 years between 1984 and 2001, before spending the final year of his career with the Toronto Raptors.
He is still regarded as one of the finest players in the history of the NBA, and he won two NBA Championships with the Rockets in 1994 and 1995. On both occasions, he was named the NBA Finals MVP. Olajuwon was also a 12 time NBA All-Star, and was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on two occasions. His dedication to the sport has continued since retiring, as he has played an important role in the increased popularity of the sport in Birmingham, England.
There are few players in the history of the Houston Rockets that have spent as much time at the franchise as Calvin Murphy. He joined the San Diego Rockets in the 1970 NBA Draft, as he was picked 18th overall, and quickly became an integral part of the team throughout his 13-year career with the franchise. He was a one-time NBA All-Star, and was named in the All-Rookie First Team in 1974.
His impression off the court was also profound, as he won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1979. Throughout his career, he scored 17,949 points, 4,402 assists and 1,165 steals. His number was deservingly retired in 1993, which came after a three-year spell where he served as part of the coaching team.
Elvin Hayes was selected by the San Diego Rockets at first overall in the 1968 NBA Draft. The first four years of his NBA career was spent with the Rockets, before he moved to the Baltimore Bullets in 1972. He would spend the majority of his career with the Bullets, as he would win the NBA Championship in 1978. However, he returned to the Rockets in 1981, where he played out the final three years of his career.
He was named in the NBA All-Star team on 12 occasions during his career, and was also named in the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1969. He scored 27,313 points during his career, as well as making 1,171 blocks and 16,279 rebounds. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1990.