Were you so inclined to look up the Best Rocket category from previous Best of Houston® issues, you would find these honorees for the past ten years:
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Yao Ming (2003-2004, 2006)
Tracy McGrady (2005)
Shane Battier (2007, 2009-2010)
Rafer Alston (2008)
Luis Scola (2011)
Chuck Hayes (2012)
Let's start by saying that if Rafer Alston and Chuck Hayes are on your list of your best players over the past ten years, it has been a tough decade. Just one year ago, we anointed Hayes, the tough, undersized defensive-minded power forward, as our Best Rocket. Today, he is playing ten minutes per game for the 1-5 Sacramento Kings.
To say the Rockets are on the upswing would be an understatement even if Shane Battier hadn't been their best player three of the past ten seasons, but given that fact (and Alston because, what the hell?), it's damn near miraculous.
It should be no surprise who is in our top spot this season. It should also not be a shocker that all of our top 5 this year would be in the argument for Best Rocket over the past decade, and illustrative of just how bad the Rockets have been. Well, onward and upward.More »