The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The team plays in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association
(NBA). The team was established in 1967 and plays its home games at the Toyota Center, which they share with the city’s National Hockey League franchise, the Houston Rockets. The Rockets won only 15 games in their debut season as a franchise in 1967. In the 1968 NBA draft, with the first pick overall, they selected power forward Elvin Hayes from the University of Houston. The Rockets would not finish a season with a winning record until the 1976–77 season when they traded for All-Star center Moses Malone. Malone went on to win the NBA Most Valuable Player award twice and led Houston to the conference finals in his first year with the team.
In 1984, after trading Malone to Philadelphia and Calvin Murphy to Detroit, they drafted center Hakeem Olajuwon, who would eventually become one of the greatest players in NBA history. Paired with 7′ 4″ Ralph Sampson, they formed one of the tallest frontcourts in the NBA. Nicknamed “Twin Towers”, they led their team to an appearance in 1985 Finals where they lost to the Boston Celtics 4–2.
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