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The 2008–09 Houston Rockets season was the 42nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Despite a season-ending knee injury to Tracy McGrady, the Rockets breezed past the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, but could not defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. Dikembe Mutombo, who entered his 18th and final season, was injured in Game 2 of the first round and announced his retirement, ending his 18-year NBA career. Besides losing Mutombo, Yao Ming missed most of the second round due to a foot injury that required off-season surgery. Before the season, the team acquired Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace), who was known for his violent temper. Following the season, Artest signed as a free agent with the Lakers. The Rockets would not return to the postseason until 2013.

2008–09 Houston Rockets season
Head coachRick Adelman
General managerDaryl Morey
Owner(s)Leslie Alexander
ArenaToyota Center
Results
Record53–29 (.646)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Southwest)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Lakers 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionMy Network TV Houston, FSN Houston
RadioSports Radio 610
< 2007–08 2009–10 >

Key datesEdit

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 25 Nicolas Batum SF   France Le Mans Sarthe Basket
2 54 Maarty Leunen SF   United States Oregon

RosterEdit

Houston Rockets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 96   Artest, Ron 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) St. John's
G/F 17   Barry, Brent 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oregon State
F 31   Battier, Shane 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Duke
G 0   Brooks, Aaron 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 161 lb (73 kg) Oregon
F 43   Cook, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Illinois
F/C 15   Dorsey, Joey 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 268 lb (122 kg) Memphis
F 44   Hayes, Chuck 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Kentucky
F/C 14   Landry, Carl 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Purdue
G 7   Lowry, Kyle 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Villanova
G/F 1   McGrady, Tracy   6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Mt. Zion Christian Academy (NC)
C 55   Mutombo, Dikembe   7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Georgetown
F/C 4   Scola, Luis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Argentina
G 13   Wafer, Von 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Florida State
G/F 8   White, James 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Cincinnati
C 11   Yao Ming   (C) 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 310 lb (141 kg) People's Republic of China
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 54 28 .659 28–13 26–15 10–6
x-Houston Rockets 53 29 .646 1 33–8 20–21 9–7
x-Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 4 32–9 18–23 7–9
x-New Orleans Hornets 49 33 .598 5 28–13 21–20 9–7
Memphis Grizzlies 24 58 .284 30 16–25 8–33 5–11
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 65 17 .793
2 y-Denver Nuggets 54 28 .659 11
3 y-San Antonio Spurs 54 28 .659 11
4 x-Portland Trail Blazers 54 28 .659 11
5 x-Houston Rockets 53 29 .646 12
6 x-Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 15
7 x-New Orleans Hornets 49 33 .598 16
8 x-Utah Jazz 48 34 .585 17
9 Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 19
10 Golden State Warriors 29 53 .354 36
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 24 58 .293 41
12 Memphis Grizzlies 24 58 .293 41
13 Oklahoma City Thunder 23 59 .280 42
14 Los Angeles Clippers 19 63 .232 46
15 Sacramento Kings 17 65 .207 48

Game logEdit

2008–09 game log
Total: 53–29 (Home: 33–8; Road: 20–21)
2015–16 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

Player statisticsEdit

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 Source: [1]

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Rafer Alston 11 11 31.5 .360 .244 .864 2.9 4.5 1.0 0.1 9.3
Ron Artest 13 13 39.1 .354 .371 .679 6.4 2.8 1.9 0.5 14.4
Brent Barry 11 0 19.3 .281 .217 1.000 1.6 1.1 0.4 0.0 2.6
Shane Battier
Aaron Brooks 12 2 23.2 .442 .409 .897 2.5 2.2 0.3 0.1 12.0
Joey Dorsey 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Steve Francis
Chuck Hayes 13 1 16.2 .385 .000 .333 4.2 0.5 0.3 0.5 1.7
Luther Head 4 0 14.5 .316 .333 1.000 0.8 1.0 0.0 1.0 4.8
Carl Landry 13 0 19.7 .547 .000 .903 5.2 1.0 0.3 0.1 8.5
Tracy McGrady 13 13 33.3 .408 .395 .806 4.2 4.2 1.3 0.3 16.2
Luis Scola 13 13 26.8 .504 .000 .926 6.8 0.8 1.1 0.1 11.8
Von Wafer 5 0 14.0 .346 .455 .000 2.4 0.4 0.4 0.0 4.6
Yao Ming 12 12 35.3 .514 .000 .831 9.2 1.1 0.3 1.6 17.0

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference.
  2. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Basketball/NBA/2008/08/14/6454811-ap.html