Since 2021-22 is officially the NBA’s 75th season, the league office is planning to release the NBA 75, a list of the 75 greatest all-time players. The official unveiling is set to occur later this month.
With that in mind, a diverse panel arranged by USA TODAY Sports recently compiled its own list of the NBA’s top 75 legends.
The panel consisted of Jeff Zillgitt, Mark Medina, Nancy Armour, Dan Wolken, Matt Eppers, Larry Starks and Larry Berger of USA TODAY; Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic; Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal; Berry Tramel of the Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman; Evan Barnes of the Memphis Commercial Appeal; Omari Sankofa of the Detroit Free Press; and former USA TODAY NBA writers J Michael and Greg Boeck.
While you will need a subscription to see the full USA TODAY list with all of the additional context, we extracted players from the list who spent time with the Rockets. Scroll down to see the Houston inclusions.
Where Houston Rockets rank among NBA’s 75 greatest players ever
No. 67: Dwight Howard
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No. 66: Tracy McGrady
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No. 62: Carmelo Anthony
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No. 50: Clyde Drexler
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No. 40 (tie): James Harden, Russell Westbrook
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No. 39: Elvin Hayes
No. 38: Chris Paul
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No. 31: Rick Barry
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No. 22: Scottie Pippen
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No. 21: Charles Barkley
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No. 12: Hakeem Olajuwon
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