2006–07 Houston Rockets season

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2006–07 Houston Rockets season
Head coach Jeff Van Gundy
General manager Carroll Dawson
Owner(s) Leslie Alexander
Arena Toyota Center
Results
Record 52–30 (.634)
Place Division: 3rd (Southwest)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round
(Lost to Jazz 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television FSN Houston, KNWS
< 2005–06 2007–08 >

The 2006–07 Houston Rockets season was the 40th season of the Houston Rockets franchise in the NBA. The team ended the regular season with a 52–30 record and a 3rd-place finish in the Southwest.[1] The Rockets faced the Utah Jazz in the playoffs, losing the series in seven games.

With the playoff loss, the Rockets made the decision to fire head coach Jeff Van Gundy on May 18, 2007. Five days later, former San Diego Rockets (now the Houston Rockets) player Rick Adelman was hired in Van Gundy's position.[2]

Like the previous two seasons, Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming once again were selected to play in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas. However, McGrady was the only team representative as Yao did not play due to an injury. It was Yao's fifth All-Star appearance and the last of seven All-Star appearances for McGrady as later injuries began to slow him down and eventually limit his playing time.

Pre-season[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club
1 8 Rudy Gay (traded to Memphis) Forward  United States Connecticut
2 32 Steve Novak Forward  United States Marquette

Regular season[edit]

Record vs. opponents[edit]

2006-07 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOK NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–4 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–3
Boston 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–3
Charlotte 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 2–2
Chicago 4–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 0–2 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–1
Cleveland 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–1
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 0–3 3–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–2 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–1
Detroit 2–1 4–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 0–2 2–2
Golden State 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–4 3–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Houston 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 3–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–3 2–0
Indiana 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 0–4 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–3
L.A. Clippers 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1
Memphis 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–1
Miami 4–0 2–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1
Milwaukee 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–3
Minnesota 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 1–1
New Jersey 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 4–0
New Orleans/Oklahoma City 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–1
New York 2–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 2–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2
Orlando 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 2–0 2–2
Philadelphia 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–3
Phoenix 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–3 1–1
Portland 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–3 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–3 2–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–4 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–2
San Antonio 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 4–0 4–0 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–0
Seattle 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–4 1–1 2–2 0–2
Toronto 2–2 3–1 3–0 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1
Utah 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1
Washington 3–1 3–0 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1

Roster[edit]

Houston Rockets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 12 United States Alston, Rafer 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 171 lb (78 kg) Fresno State
F 31 United States Battier, Shane 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Duke
F 44 United States Hayes, Chuck 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Kentucky
G 2 United States Head, Luther 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Illinois
F 5 United States Howard, Juwan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Michigan
G 15 United States Lucas, John 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Oklahoma State
G/F 1 United States McGrady, Tracy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Mt. Zion Christian Academy (HS)
C 55 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mutombo, Dikembe 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Georgetown
F 20 United States Novak, Steve 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Marquette
G/F 13 United States Snyder, Kirk 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Nevada
G 10 Greece Spanoulis, Vassilis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Greece
G 3 United States Sura, Bob Injured 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Florida State
C 25 Greece Tsakalidis, Jake 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Republic of Georgia
G/F 6 United States Wells, Bonzi 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Ball State
C 11 China Yao Ming 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 310 lb (141 kg) China
Head coach

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

Roster

Roster Notes[edit]

  • Jake Tsakalidis was born in the Republic of Georgia but represented Greece internationally.
  • Bob Sura missed the entire season with a knee injury.

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Rafer Alston 82 82 37.1 .375 .363 .734 3.4 5.4 1.6 .1 13.3
Shane Battier 82 82 36.4 .446 .421 .779 4.1 2.1 1.0 .7 10.1
Chuck Hayes 78 43 22.0 .573 . .618 6.7 .6 .9 .2 5.6
Luther Head 80 10 27.6 .437 .441 .790 3.2 2.4 1.0 .1 10.9
Juwan Howard 80 38 26.5 .465 . .824 5.9 1.6 .4 .1 9.7
John Lucas III 47 0 8.1 .397 .254 .789 .8 .7 .4 .0 3.3
Tracy McGrady 71 71 35.8 .431 .331 .707 5.3 6.5 1.3 .5 24.6
Yao Ming 48 48 33.8 .516 .000 .862 9.4 2.0 .4 2.0 25.0
Dikembe Mutombo 75 33 17.2 .556 . .690 6.5 .2 .3 1.0 3.1
Steve Novak 35 1 5.5 .360 .333 1.000 .7 .2 .1 .0 1.5
Scott Padgett 24 0 8.3 .306 .276 .545 1.9 .3 .2 .1 1.8
Kirk Snyder 39 1 14.4 .452 .250 .653 2.1 1.0 .3 .3 4.9
Vassilis Spanoulis 31 0 8.8 .319 .172 .810 .7 .9 .2 .0 2.7
Jake Tsakalidis 13 0 10.2 .409 . .800 3.1 .2 .1 .1 2.3
Bonzi Wells 28 1 21.1 .411 .143 .561 4.3 1.1 .9 .5 7.8

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Rafer Alston 7 7 44.1 .338 .320 .769 6.9 5.0 1.9 .4 10.9
Shane Battier 7 7 38.9 .451 .442 .875 2.6 2.1 1.7 1.0 10.3
Chuck Hayes 7 7 28.1 .706 .000 .400 6.4 .4 1.3 .4 3.7
Luther Head 7 0 20.1 .306 .261 .500 2.7 1.1 .4 .3 4.6
Juwan Howard 7 0 22.4 .400 . .636 4.4 1.0 .7 .0 5.0
John Lucas III 2 0 4.0 .000 .000 . .0 .0 .5 .0 .0
Tracy McGrady 7 7 40.0 .394 .250 .737 5.9 7.3 .7 .9 25.3
Yao Ming 7 7 37.1 .440 . .880 10.3 .9 .1 .7 25.1
Dikembe Mutombo 7 0 5.7 1.000 . 1.000 1.6 .1 .0 .4 1.3
Kirk Snyder 3 0 3.0 .333 .000 . .3 .0 .0 .0 .7
Vassilis Spanoulis 1 0 3.0 .500 . 1.000 1.0 1.0 .0 .0 4.0
Jake Tsakalidis 1 0 3.0 . . 1.000 4.0 .0 .0 .0 2.0


Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Houston Rockets News, Schedule, etc ESPN.com, accessed June 12, 2008
  2. ^ Houston Rockets and Jeff Van Gundy to Part Ways, nba.com, accessed June 12, 2008

External links[edit]