2003–04 Houston Rockets season

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2003–04 Houston Rockets season
Head coach Jeff Van Gundy
Arena Toyota Center
Record 45–37 (.549)
Place Division: 5th (Midwest)
Conference: 7th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round
(eliminated 1-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KNWS-51, KIAH
< 2002–03 2004–05 >

The 2003–04 NBA season was the Rockets' 37th season in the NBA and its 33rd season in the city of Houston.[1] The season saw the Rockets move their home games from Compaq Center to the new Toyota Center. During the offseason, the Rockets hired head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who is best known for his tenure with the Knicks and signed free agent Jim Jackson. Despite winning only 45 games, the Rockets qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1999 as the number 7 seed in the Western Conference. However, the Rockets did not make it out of the first round this time as they were outmatched by a Los Angeles Lakers squad that featured Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton, losing the series in five games. Following the season, Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley, and Kelvin Cato were traded to the Orlando Magic.

For the season, the team sported new uniforms and a new logo, which currently remains in use.


NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2003 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club
2 44 Malick Badiane Forward  Senegal Langen (Germany)


Houston Rockets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F/C 13 United States Cato, Kelvin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Iowa State
G 3 United States Francis, Steve 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Maryland
G/F 7 United States Griffin, Adrian 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Seton Hall
F 21 United States Jackson, Jim 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Ohio State
G 31 United States Jackson, Mark 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) St. John's
G/F 5 United States Mobley, Cuttino 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Rhode Island
F 9 Slovenia Nachbar, Boštjan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 221 lb (100 kg) Slovenia
F 35 United States Padgett, Scott 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Kentucky
G/F 52 United States Piatkowski, Eric 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nebraska
F/C 2 United States Taylor, Maurice 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Michigan
F 30 United States Weatherspoon, Clarence 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Southern Mississippi
G 29 United States Wilks, Mike 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Rice
C 11 China Yao Ming 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 310 lb (141 kg) China
Head coach

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured


Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]


West First Round[edit]

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-1)

Player statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game



Awards and records[edit]



See also[edit]