Houston Rockets
Moses Malone
Houston Rockets
Hakeem Olajuwon
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HOUSTON ROCKETS ROSTER (* PER = Player Efficiency Rating)
POS PLAYER HT YEAR AGE PTS REB AST PER*
G CALVIN MURPHY 5-9 1978 29 25.6 2.2 3.4 19.5
Comment: One of the game's great little guys, more of a scorer than point guard -- was 5th in scoring in '78
G KENNY SMITH 6-3 1991 25 17.7 2.1 7.1 18.3
Comment: Key member of Houston's back-to-back title teams in '94 and '95, he'll handle the rock on this team
G SAM CASSELL 6-3 1996 26 14.5 3.1 4.6 16.8
Comment: He's been a winner on several different teams, but he won two titles in Houston
G MIKE NEWLIN 6-4 1976 27 18.6 4.1 5.6 17.4
Comment: Not only could he hit the jump shot, he had that great '70s beard
F TRACY MCGRADY 6-8 2005 25 25.7 6.2 5.7 22.9
Comment: Didn't reach his All-NBA 1st-team status of '02 and '03, but was still 6th in scoring
F ELVIN HAYES 6-9 1971 25 28.7 16.6 2.3 19.4
Comment: Rembered as a Bullet, but spent first four seasons with San Diego/Houston Rockets; an absolute monster in his early days
F RUDY TOMJANOVICH 6-8 1974 25 24.5 9.0 3.1 20.5
Comment: Began stretch of five All-Star seasons in '74; hoping for matchup against Kareem and Lakers in conference finals
F/C RALPH SAMPSON 7-4 1985 24 22.1 10.4 2.7 27.4
Comment: Before injury problems, he was good enough to be 2nd-team All-NBA in '85
C HAKEEM OLAJUWON 7-0 1995 32 27.8 10.8 3.5 26.0
Comment: Had one of the all-time great playoff perfomances in '95, averaging 33 per game in winning title
C MOSES MALONE 6-10 1982 26 31.1 14.7 1.8 26.8
Comment: Three-time MVP was never more dominating than in '82; arguably the greatest rebounder in game's history

SCOUTING REPORT: Four keys for the Rockets against the Lakers: (1) Feed the big men; play Olajuwon/Malone/Hayes and pound it inside; if Lakers counter with Kareem and Shaq together, that slows down their fast break; (2) Get McGrady going on offense; must force Kobe/Magic to play defense; (3) Can McGrady slow down Magic? (4) Pound the boards; this is L.A.'s potential weakness.