List of Houston Rockets seasons

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The Rockets moved into the Toyota Center at the start of the 2003–2004 season.[1]

The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. They play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was established in 1967, and played in San Diego, California for four years, before moving to Houston, Texas.[1]

In the Rockets' debut season, their win-loss record was 15–67. After drafting Elvin Hayes first overall in the 1968 NBA Draft, they made their first appearance in the playoffs in 1969. After Hayes was traded, Moses Malone replaced him. Malone won two Most Valuable Player awards during his time in Houston, and led the Rockets to the 1977 Eastern Conference finals in his first year with the Rockets. He also led the Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1981, but they were defeated in six games by the Boston Celtics. Two years after advancing to the finals, the Rockets won a franchise-low 14 games.[2]

In 1984, the Rockets drafted future Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, who led them to the 1986 Finals in his second year, in which they lost again to Boston. In the next seven seasons, they lost in the first round of the playoffs five times. They did not win their first championship until 1994, when Olajuwon led them to a franchise-best 58 wins, and the championship. The Rockets repeated the feat in 1995, but have not advanced to the finals since. They missed the playoffs from 1999 to 2003, and did not reach the playoffs until after they drafted Yao Ming in 2003. They did not advance past the first round of the playoffs for 13 years, until the 2008–09 NBA season. The Rockets won 53 games that season, advanced past the first round for the first time since 1997, defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, but eventually lost in the semifinals to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.

The Rockets have played 46 seasons, and advanced to the playoffs in 27 of those seasons. They have won four division titles, and have been conference champions four times. Their overall record is 1822 wins and 1754 losses.[3]

Table key[edit]

AMVP All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
COY Coach of the Year
DPOY Defensive Player of the Year
EOY Executive of the Year
Finish Final position in league or division standings
FMVP Finals Most Valuable Player
GB Games behind first-place team in division[a]
L Number of regular-season losses
JWKC J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship
MVP Most Valuable Player
ROY Rookie of the Year
W Number of regular-season wins

Seasons[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct as of the 2012–13 season.

NBA Champions
(1968–present)
Conference Champions
(1971–present)
Division Champions
(1971–present)
Playoff Berth
(1968–present)
Season Conference Finish Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards Head coach
San Diego Rockets
1967–68 Western 6th 15 67 .183 41 Jack McMahon
1968–69 Western 4th 37 45 .461 18 Lost Division Semifinals (Hawks) 4–2[4] Jack McMahon
1969–70 Western 7th 27 55 .329 21 Jack McMahon
Alex Hannum
1970–71 Western 7th Pacific[b] 3rd 40 42 .488 8 Alex Hannum
Houston Rockets
1971–72 Western 7th Pacific 4th 34 48 .415 35 Tex Winter
1972–73 Eastern 5th Central 3rd 33 49 .402 19 Tex Winter
Johnny Egan
1973–74 Eastern 6th Central 3rd 32 50 .390 15 Johnny Egan
1974–75 Eastern 4th Central 2nd 41 41 .500 19 Won First Round (Knicks) 2–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Celtics) 4–1[7]
Johnny Egan
1975–76 Eastern 6th Central 3rd 40 42 .488 9 Johnny Egan
1976–77 Eastern 2nd Central 1st 49 33 .598 Won Conference Semifinals (Bullets) 4–2
Lost Conference Finals (76ers) 4–2[8]
Tom Nissalke (COY)
Ray Patterson (EOY)
Tom Nissalke
1977–78 Eastern 9th Central 6th 28 54 .341 24 Tom Nissalke
1978–79 Eastern 4th Central 2nd 47 35 .573 1 Lost First Round (Hawks) 2–0[9] Calvin Murphy (JWKC)
Moses Malone (MVP)
Tom Nissalke
1979–80 Eastern 4th Central 2nd 41 41 .500 9 Won First Round (Spurs) 2–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Celtics) 4–0[10]
Del Harris
1980–81 Western 6th Midwest 3rd[c] 40 42 .488 12 Won First Round (Lakers) 2–1
Won Conference Semifinals (Spurs) 4–3
Won Conference Finals (Kings) 4–1
Lost NBA Finals (Celtics) 4–2[12]
Del Harris
1981–82 Western 6th Midwest 3rd[d] 46 36 .561 2 Lost First Round (SuperSonics) 2–1[14] Moses Malone
(MVP)
Del Harris
1982–83 Western 12th Midwest 6th 14 68 .171 39 Del Harris
1983–84 Western 12th Midwest 6th 29 53 .354 16 Ralph Sampson
(ROY)
Bill Fitch
1984–85 Western 3rd Midwest 2nd 48 34 .585 4 Lost First Round (Jazz) 3–2[15] Ralph Sampson
(AMVP)
Bil Fitch
1985–86 Western 2nd Midwest 1st 51 31 .622 Won First Round (Kings) 3–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Nuggets) 4–2
Won Conference Finals (Lakers) 4–1
Lost NBA Finals (Celtics) 4–2[16]
Bill Fitch
1986–87 Western 6th Midwest 3rd 42 40 .512 13 Won First Round (Trail Blazers) 3–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (SuperSonics) 4–2[17]
Bill Fitch
1987–88 Western 6th Midwest 4th 46 36 .561 8 Lost First Round (Mavericks) 3–1[18] Bill Fitch
1988–89 Western 5th Midwest 2nd 45 37 .549 6 Lost First Round (SuperSonics) 3–1[19] Don Chaney
1989–90 Western 8th Midwest 5th 41 41 .500 15 Lost First Round (Lakers) 3–1[20] Don Chaney
1990–91 Western 6th Midwest 3rd 52 30 .634 3 Lost First Round (Lakers) 3–0[21] Don Chaney
(COY)
Don Chaney
1991–92 Western 9th Midwest 3rd 42 40 .512 13 Don Chaney
Rudy Tomjanovich
1992–93 Western 2nd Midwest 1st 55 27 .671 Won First Round (Clippers) 3–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (SuperSonics) 4–3[22]
Hakeem Olajuwon
(DPOY)
Rudy Tomjanovich
1993–94 Western 2nd Midwest 1st 58 24 .707 Won First Round (Trail Blazers) 3–1
Won Conference Semifinals (Suns) 4–3
Won Conference Finals (Jazz) 4–1
Won NBA Finals (Knicks) 4–3[23]
Hakeem Olajuwon
(MVP, FMVP, DPOY)
Rudy Tomjanovich
1994–95 Western 6th Midwest 3rd 47 35 .573 15 Won First Round (Jazz) 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Suns) 4–3
Won Conference Finals (Spurs) 4–2
Won NBA Finals (Magic) 4–0[24]
Hakeem Olajuwon
(FMVP)
Rudy Tomjanovich
1995–96 Western 5th Midwest 3rd 48 34 .585 11 Won First Round (Lakers) 3–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (SuperSonics) 4–0[25]
Rudy Tomjanovich
1996–97 Western 3rd Midwest 2nd 57 25 .695 7 Won First Round (Timberwolves) 3–0
Won Conference Semifinals (SuperSonics) 4–3
Lost Conference Finals (Jazz) 4–2[26]
Rudy Tomjanovich
1997–98 Western 8th Midwest 4th 41 41 .500 21 Lost First Round (Jazz) 3–2[27] Rudy Tomjanovich
1998–99[e] Western 5th Midwest 3rd 31 19 .620 6 Lost First Round (Lakers) 3–1[29] Rudy Tomjanovich
1999–00 Western 11th Midwest 6th 34 48 .415 21 Steve Francis[f]
(ROY)
Rudy Tomjanovich
2000–01 Western 9th Midwest 5th 45 37 .549 13 Rudy Tomjanovich
2001–02 Western 11th Midwest 5th 28 54 .341 30 Rudy Tomjanovich
2002–03 Western 9th Midwest 5th 43 39 .524 17 Rudy Tomjanovich
2003–04 Western 7th Midwest 5th 45 37 .549 13 Lost First Round (Lakers) 4–1[31] Jeff Van Gundy
2004–05 Western 5th Southwest 3rd 51 31 .622 8 Lost First Round (Mavericks) 4–3[32] Jeff Van Gundy
2005–06 Western 12th Southwest 5th 34 48 .415 29 Jeff Van Gundy
2006–07 Western 5th Southwest 3rd 52 30 .634 15 Lost First Round (Jazz) 4–3[33] Jeff Van Gundy
2007–08 Western 5th Southwest 3rd 55 27 .671 1 Lost First Round (Jazz) 4–2[34] Rick Adelman
2008–09 Western 5th Southwest 2nd 53 29 .646 1 Won First Round (Trail Blazers) 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Lakers) 4–3
Dikembe Mutombo (JWKC) Rick Adelman
2009–10 Western 9th Southwest 3rd 42 40 .512 13 Aaron Brooks (MIP) Rick Adelman
2010–11 Western 9th Southwest 5th 43 39 .524 18 Rick Adelman
2011–12[g] Western 9th Southwest 4th 34 32 .515 16 Kevin McHale
2012–13 Western 8th Southwest 3rd 45 37 .549 15 Lost First Round (Thunder) 4–2 Kevin McHale
2013–14 Western 4th Southwest 2nd 54 28 .659 8 Lost First Round (Trail Blazers) 4–2 Kevin McHale
2014–15 Western Southwest 0 0 Kevin McHale

All-time records[edit]

Complete through the 2014 season
Statistic Wins Losses Win%
San Diego Rockets regular season record (1968–1971) 119 209 .363
Houston Rockets regular season record (1971–present) 1,836 1,642 .528
All-time regular season record (1968–2014) 1,955 1,851 .514
San Diego Rockets post-season record (1969) 2 4 .333
Houston Rockets post-season record (1975–present) 117 125 .483
All-time post-season record (1969–present) 120 129 .482
All-time regular and post-season record 2,075 1,980 .512

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The formula is as followed: \mathrm{Games}\ \mathrm{behind} = \frac{(\mathrm{Team A's}\ \mathrm{wins}-\mathrm{Team B's}\ \mathrm{wins}) + (\mathrm{Team B's}\ \mathrm{losses} - \mathrm{Team A's}\ \mathrm{losses})}{\mathrm{2}}
  2. ^ The Western Division was renamed to the Western Conference and split into the Midwest and Pacific divisions.[5][6]
  3. ^ Though the Rockets had the same record as the Kansas City Kings in the Midwest Division, the Rockets lost the tiebreaker and finished third.[11]
  4. ^ Though the Rockets had the same record as the Denver Nuggets in the Midwest Division, the Rockets lost the tiebreaker and finished third.[13]
  5. ^ Due to a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, and all 29 teams played a shortened 50-game regular season schedule.[28]
  6. ^ Francis shared Rookie of the Year honors with Elton Brand of the Chicago Bulls.[30]
  7. ^ Due to a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011 and all 30 teams played a shortened 66 game regular season schedule.[35]

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  32. ^ "2004–05 Houston Rockets". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  33. ^ "2006–07 Houston Rockets". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  34. ^ "2007–08 Houston Rockets". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
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