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The 2015–16 Houston Rockets season was the 49th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and their 45th in the Houston area.[1]

2015–16 Houston Rockets season
Head coachKevin McHale
J. B. Bickerstaff (interim)
General managerDaryl Morey
Owner(s)Leslie Alexander
ArenaToyota Center
Results
Record41–41 (.500)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Southwest)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Warriors 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionRoot Sports Southwest
RadioSportstalk 790
< 2014–15 2016–17 >

On November 18, 2015, coach Kevin McHale was fired in his fifth season as the Rockets coach after a 4–7 start to the season. J. B. Bickerstaff was named the interim coach.

The Rockets finished the regular season with a 41–41 record, finishing 8th in the Western Conference. The Rockets' season ended with a 1–4 loss in the First Round to the Golden State Warriors. Following the season, Dwight Howard left to sign with his hometown Atlanta Hawks.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 18 Sam Dekker SF   United States Wisconsin
2 32 Montrezl Harrell PF   United States Louisville

StandingsEdit

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zGolden State Warriors * 73 9 .890 82
2 ySan Antonio Spurs * 67 15 .817 6.0 82
3 yOklahoma City Thunder * 55 27 .671 18.0 82
4 xLos Angeles Clippers 53 29 .646 20.0 82
5 xPortland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 29.0 82
6 xDallas Mavericks 42 40 .512 31.0 82
7 xMemphis Grizzlies 42 40 .512 31.0 82
8 xHouston Rockets 41 41 .500 32.0 82
9 Utah Jazz 40 42 .488 33.0 82
10 Sacramento Kings 33 49 .402 40.0 82
11 Denver Nuggets 33 49 .402 40.0 82
12 New Orleans Pelicans 30 52 .366 43.0 82
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 44.0 82
14 Phoenix Suns 23 59 .280 50.0 82
15 Los Angeles Lakers 17 65 .207 56.0 82
Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
ySan Antonio Spurs 67 15 .817 0.0 40–1 27–14 15–1 82
xDallas Mavericks 42 40 .512 25.0 23–18 19–22 7–9 82
xMemphis Grizzlies 42 40 .512 25.0 26–15 16–25 7–9 82
xHouston Rockets 41 41 .500 26.0 23–18 18–23 8–8 82
New Orleans Pelicans 30 52 .366 37.0 21–20 9–32 4–12 82


Game logEdit

PreseasonEdit

2015 pre-season game log
Total: 3–5 (Home: 2–2; Road: 1–3)
2015–16 season schedule

Regular seasonEdit

2015–16 game log
Total: 41–41 (Home: 23–18; Road: 18–23)
2015–16 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

2016 playoff game log
Total: 1–4 (Home: 1–1; Road: 0–3)
2015–16 season schedule

RosterEdit

2015–16 Houston Rockets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 1 Ariza, Trevor 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1985–06–30 UCLA
F 8 Beasley, Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–01–09 Kansas State
G 2 Beverley, Patrick 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1988–07–12 Arkansas
G/F 33 Brewer, Corey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1986–03–05 Florida
F/C 15 Capela, Clint 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1994–05–18 INSEP (FRA)
F 7 Dekker, Sam 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1994–05–06 Wisconsin
G 0 Goudelock, Andrew 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1988–12–07 College of Charleston
G 13 Harden, James (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–08–26 Arizona State
F 35 Harrell, Montrezl 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1994–01–26 Louisville
C 12 Howard, Dwight 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1985–12–08 SW Atlanta Academy (GA)
F 6 Jones, Terrence 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 252 lb (114 kg) 1992–01–09 Kentucky
G/F 32 McDaniels, K. J. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993–02–09 Clemson
F/C 20 Motiejūnas, Donatas 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 222 lb (101 kg) 1990–09–20 Lithuania
F 5 Smith, Josh 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985–12–05 Oak Hill Academy (VA)
G 31 Terry, Jason 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1977–09–15 Arizona
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2016–04–10

SalariesEdit

Player 2015–16 Salary
Dwight Howard $22,359,364
James Harden $15,756,438
Corey Brewer $8,200,000
Trevor Ariza $8,193,030
Patrick Beverley $6,500,000
K. J. McDaniels $3,333,333
Terrence Jones $2,489,530
Donatas Motiejūnas $2,288,205
Sam Dekker $1,646,400
Jason Terry $1,499,187
Josh Smith $1,499,000
Clint Capela $1,242,720
Montrezl Harrell $1,000,000
Michael Beasleya $306,527
Andrew Goudelockb $200,600
Ty Lawsonc $12,404,495
Marcus Thorntond $1,186,000
Chuck Hayese $83,583
TOTAL $90,188,412

^a Michael Beasley was signed on March 4, 2016 for the perforated league minimum.
^b Andrew Goudelock was signed on March 9, 2016 for the perforated league minimum.
^c Ty Lawson was waived on March 1, 2016 after appearing in 53 games for the Rockets.
^d Marcus Thornton was waived on February 26, 2016 after appearing in 47 games for the Rockets.
^e Chuck Hayes was waived on November 8, 2015 after appearing in just 2 games for the Rockets.

Source: [2]

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

Regular seasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Trevor Ariza 81 81 35.3 .416 .371 .783 4.5 2.3 2.0 0.3 12.7
Michael Beasley 20 0 18.2 .522 .333 .776 4.9 0.8 0.6 0.5 12.8
Patrick Beverley 71 63 28.7 .434 .400 .682 3.5 3.4 1.3 0.4 9.9
Corey Brewer 82 12 20.4 .384 .272 .750 2.4 1.3 1.0 0.2 7.2
Clint Capela 77 35 19.1 .582 .000 .379 6.4 0.6 0.8 1.2 7.0
Sam Dekker 3 0 2.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0
Andrew Goudelock 8 0 6.3 .450 .111 .750 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.3 2.8
James Harden 82 82 38.1 .439 .359 .860 6.1 7.5 1.7 0.6 29.0
Montrezl Harrell 39 1 9.7 .644 .000 .522 1.7 0.4 0.3 0.3 3.6
Chuck Hayes 2 0 12.0 .500 1.000 4.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Dwight Howard 71 71 32.1 .620 .000 .489 11.8 1.4 1.0 1.6 13.7
Terrence Jones 50 11 20.9 .452 .316 .664 4.2 0.8 0.5 0.8 8.7
Ty Lawson 53 12 22.2 .387 .330 .700 1.7 3.4 0.8 0.1 5.8
K. J. McDaniels 37 1 6.4 .403 .280 .800 1.1 0.3 0.2 0.2 2.4
Donatas Motiejūnas 37 22 14.8 .439 .281 .642 2.9 1.1 0.5 0.1 6.2
Josh Smith 23 6 18.3 .343 .271 .480 2.9 2.1 0.7 0.6 6.6
Jason Terry 72 7 17.5 .402 .356 .818 1.1 1.4 0.7 0.1 5.9
Marcus Thornton 47 6 18.8 .400 .338 .879 2.4 1.4 0.7 0.1 10.0

Waived during season

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Trevor Ariza 5 5 36.2 .255 .143 .750 4.2 0.8 2.6 0.2 6.6
Michael Beasley 5 0 16.0 .478 .333 .857 4.2 0.6 0.2 0.5 10.4
Patrick Beverley 5 5 25.8 .270 .214 1.000 4.4 2.2 0.4 0.4 5.8
Corey Brewer 5 1 15.4 .259 .100 .875 1.4 1.6 0.0 0.2 4.4
Clint Capela 5 0 8.6 .333 .400 4.0 0.4 0.6 0.4 1.6
Andrew Goudelock 2 0 5.5 .500 .000 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
James Harden 5 5 38.6 .410 .310 .844 5.2 7.6 2.4 0.2 26.6
Montrezl Harrell 2 0 6.0 .333 .000 .500 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5
Dwight Howard 5 5 36.0 .542 .000 .368 14.0 1.6 0.8 1.4 13.2
K. J. McDaniels 4 0 8.5 .308 .333 1.8 0.3 0.0 0.8 2.3
Donatas Motiejūnas 5 4 19.6 .432 .444 .471 5.2 1.0 0.8 0.4 8.8
Josh Smith 4 0 9.5 .462 .500 .000 0.5 1.0 0.3 0.3 4.0
Jason Terry 5 0 24.8 .342 .316 1.000 2.2 1.2 0.4 0.2 7.0

Source: [3]

InjuriesEdit

Player Duration Injury type Games missed
Start End
Donatas Motiejūnas Start of Season December 5, 2015 Back Surgery 20
Terrence Jones October 30, 2015 November 11, 2015 Right Eye Laceration 5
Patrick Beverley November 4, 2015 November 11, 2015 Concussion 2
Patrick Beverley November 13, 2015 November 25, 2015 Sprained Ankle 5
Sam Dekker November 16, 2015 February 29, 2016 Back Surgery 49
Trevor Ariza December 8, 2015 December 12, 2015 Bruised Lower Back 1
Donatas Motiejūnas January 1, 2016 February 27, 2016 Sore Back 25
Patrick Beverley January 15, 2016 January 24, 2016 Sprained Ankle 3
Dwight Howard January 20, 2016 January 27, 2016 Sprained Ankle 3
Terrence Jones February 3, 2016 February 23, 2016 Concussion 5
Clint Capela February 24, 2016 March 2, 2016 Sprained Right Foot 3
Terrence Jones March 5, 2016 March 16, 2016 Illness 6
Sam Dekker March 28, 2016 Rest of Season Back Injury 8

[4]

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

July 20, 2015[5] To Houston Rockets
Ty Lawson
Second round draft pick (2017)
To Denver Nuggets
Nick Johnson
Joey Dorsey
Kostas Papanikolaou
Pablo Prigioni
2016 First round draft pick
Cash considerations
January 22, 2016[6] To Houston Rockets
Josh Smith
Rights to Serhiy Lishchuk
Cash considerations
To Los Angeles Clippers
Rights to Maarty Leunen

Free agentsEdit

Re-signedEdit

Player Signed Contract Ref.
Patrick Beverley July 9, 2015 4 years, $23 million [7]
Corey Brewer July 14, 2015 3 years, $23.4 million [8]
K. J. McDaniels July 21, 2015 3 years, $10 million [9]
Jason Terry August 24, 2015 1 years, $1.5 million [10]

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Contract Former team Ref.
Marcus Thornton July 25, 2015 1 year, $1.1 million Phoenix Suns [11]
Chuck Hayes November 1, 2015 1 year, $1.5 million Toronto Raptors [12]
Michael Beasley March 4, 2016 2 years, $1.7 million   Shandong Golden Stars [13]
Andrew Goudelock March 9, 2016 2 years, $1.2 million   Xinjiang Flying Tigers [14]

SubtractionsEdit

Player Reason left Date New Team Ref.
Josh Smith Free Agency July 16, 2015 Los Angeles Clippers [15]
Chuck Hayes Waived November 8, 2015 None [16]
Kevin McHale Fired November 18, 2015 None [17]
Marcus Thornton Waived February 26, 2016 Washington Wizards [18]
Ty Lawson Waived March 1, 2016 Indiana Pacers [19]

Awards, records and milestonesEdit

AwardsEdit

Player Award Date awarded Ref.
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Week November 9, 2015 [20]
James Harden Western Conference All-Star January 28, 2016 [21]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Month (April) April 15, 2016 [22]

RecordsEdit

  • On March 30, Dwight Howard set a franchise record for free throws missed in a game, with 15 in a road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • James Harden set an NBA single-season record for turnovers with 374. On April 7, he tied the previous record of 366, set by Artis Gilmore of the Chicago Bulls during the 1977–78 season (the first season that individual turnovers were recorded), and in his next game, on April 10, he broke the record.

MilestonesEdit

  • On March 18, Howard passed 11,000 career rebounds in a 116-111 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Houston Rockets Franchise Index
  2. ^ "Houston Rockets Team Payroll". basketball-reference. October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "2015-16 Houston Rockets Roster and Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Injury Report". basketball-reference.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  5. ^ "Nuggets Acquire Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Cash Considerations and First Round Pick From Houston". nba.com/nuggets. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  6. ^ "Rockets acquire Josh Smith in trade with Clippers". ESPN.com. January 23, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  7. ^ "Rockets Re-Sign Patrick Beverley". nba.com/rockets. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Rockets Re-Sign Corey Brewer". nba.com/rockets. July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "Rockets Re-Sign K.J. McDaniels". nba.com/rockets. July 21, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Rockets Re-Sign Jason Terry". nba.com/rockets. August 24, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  11. ^ "Rockets Sign Marcus Thornton". nba.com/rockets. July 25, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "Rockets Sign Free Agent Chuck Hayes". nba.com/rockets. November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  13. ^ "Rockets sign free agent forward Beasley". nba.com. March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "Rockets Sign Free Agent Andrew Goudelock". nba.com/rockets. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "LA CLIPPERS SIGN JOSH SMITH". nba.com/clippers. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  16. ^ "Chuck Hayes waived by Rockets". Houston Chronicle. November 8, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  17. ^ "Houston Rockets fire coach Kevin McHale". ESPN.com. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  18. ^ "Sources: Rockets waive guard Marcus Thornton". Yahoo! Sports. February 26, 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  19. ^ "Sources: Rockets, Ty Lawson reach buyout agreement". Yahoo! Sports. March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  20. ^ "Drummond, Harden named Players of the Week". nba.com. November 9, 2015. Archived from the original on November 10, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  21. ^ "West romps past East with record-setting 196-173 win". nba.com. February 15, 2016. Archived from the original on February 23, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  22. ^ "James, Harden named Kia Players of Month for April". nba.com. April 15, 2016. Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2016.