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The 2017–18 Houston Rockets season was the 51st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and their 47th in the Houston area.[1] The Rockets acquired star point guard Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers due to a multitude of trades after the 2017 NBA draft on June 28, 2017, as well as for being the team's first under current owner Tilman Fertitta. The Rockets also broke their franchise record for most wins in a season with their 59th win against the New Orleans Pelicans, eventually totalling 65 wins on the season. With a loss by the Warriors on March 29, the Rockets clinched the No. 1 seed for the first time in franchise history, which then followed to clinch the best record in this season following a Raptors loss against the Celtics.[2]

2017–18 Houston Rockets season
Division champions
Head coachMike D'Antoni
General managerDaryl Morey
Owner(s)Tilman Fertitta
ArenaToyota Center
Results
Record65–17 (.793)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Southwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finishWestern Conference Finals
(Lost to Warriors 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionAT&T SportsNet Southwest
RadioSportstalk 790
< 2016–17 2018–19 >

In the playoffs, the Rockets defeated the 8th-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the First Round in five games, advancing to the Conference Semifinals, where they defeated the Utah Jazz in five games. They lost the Conference Finals to the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors in seven games. During game seven of that series, with the chance to go to the NBA Finals with a win, the Rockets would set an NBA Playoff record by missing 27 straight 3-point shots.[3][4] The Rockets would lose to the Warriors that game by a score of 101–92, missing out on their chance to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995, when they swept the Orlando Magic in four games to win their second and most recent NBA Championship.

Contents

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club
2 43 Isaiah Hartenstein PF/C   Germany Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)

RosterEdit

2017–18 Houston Rockets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 33 Anderson, Ryan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1988–05–06 California
G/F 1 Ariza, Trevor 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1985–06–30 UCLA
F/C 28 Black, Tarik 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1991–11–22 Kansas
G 26 Brown, Markel (TW) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1992–01–29 Oklahoma State
C 15 Capela, Clint 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1994–05–18 INSEP (FRA)
G 10 Gordon, Eric 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1988–12–25 Indiana
G/F 14 Green, Gerald 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1986–01–26 Gulf Shores Academy (TX)
G 13 Harden, James (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–08–26 Arizona State
G 2 Hunter, R. J. (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993–10–24 Georgia State
G 55 Jackson, Aaron 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 1986–05–06 Duquesne
G/F 7 Johnson, Joe 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1981–06–29 Arkansas
F 12 Mbah a Moute, Luc 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1986–09–09 UCLA
F/C 42 Nenê 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1982–09–13 Brazil
C 21 Onuaku, Chinanu 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1996–11–01 Louisville
G 3 Paul, Chris (C) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1985–05–06 Wake Forest
F 4 Tucker, P. J. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1985–05–05 Texas
F/C 9 Zhou Qi 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1996–01–16 China
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2018–04–29

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
zHouston Rockets 65 17 .793 0.0 34–7 31–10 12–4 82
xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 24–17 24–17 9–7 82
xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 33–8 14–27 9–7 82
Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 15–26 9–32 5–11 82
Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 16–25 6–35 5–11 82


ConferenceEdit

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zHouston Rockets * 65 17 .793 82
2 yGolden State Warriors * 58 24 .707 7.0 82
3 yPortland Trail Blazers * 49 33 .598 16.0 82
4 xOklahoma City Thunder 48 34 .585 17.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 48 34 .585 17.0 82
6 xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 82
8 xMinnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 18.0 82
9 Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 19.0 82
10 Los Angeles Clippers 42 40 .512 23.0 82
11 Los Angeles Lakers 35 47 .427 30.0 82
12 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 38.0 82
13 Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 82
14 Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 21 61 .256 44.0 82

Game logEdit

PreseasonEdit

2017 pre-season game log
Total: 4–1 (Home: 1–1; Road: 3–0)
2017–18 season schedule

Regular seasonEdit

2017–18 game log
Total: 65–17 (Home: 34–7; Road: 31–10)
2017–18 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

2018 playoff game log
Total: 11–6 (Home: 7–3; Road: 4–3)
2018 playoff schedule

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 22, 2017 To Houston Rockets
Future second-round pick
To Memphis Grizzlies
Draft right to Dillon Brooks (pick 45)
June 28, 2017[5] To Houston Rockets
Ryan Kelly
To Atlanta Hawks
Cash considerations
June 28, 2017[6] To Houston Rockets
DeAndre Liggins
To Dallas Mavericks
Cash considerations
June 28, 2017[6] To Houston Rockets
Darrun Hilliard
To Detroit Pistons
Cash considerations
June 28, 2017[7][6] To Houston Rockets
Shawn Long
To Philadelphia 76ers
2018 second round pick
Cash considerations
June 28, 2017[6] To Houston Rockets
Tim Quarterman
To Portland Trail Blazers
Cash considerations
June 28, 2017[6] To Houston Rockets
Chris Paul
To Los Angeles Clippers
Sam Dekker
Patrick Beverley
Lou Williams
DeAndre Liggins
Darrun Hilliard
Kyle Wiltjer
Montrezl Harrell
2018 first round draft
Cash considerations
June 29, 2017 To Houston Rockets
Jarrod Uthoff
To Dallas Mavericks
Cash considerations

Free agencyEdit

Re-signedEdit

Player Signed
Nenê[8] 4-year contract worth $15 million
James Harden[9] 4-year contract extension worth $228 million
Troy Williams[10] 3-year contract worth $4.8 million
Bobby Brown[11] 1-year contract worth $1.5 million

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Zhou Qi[12] 4-year contract worth $5.5 million   Xinjiang Flying Tigers
P. J. Tucker[13] 4-year contract worth $32 million Toronto Raptors
Luc Mbah a Moute[14] 1-year contract worth $2.1 million Los Angeles Clippers
Tarik Black[15] 1-year contract worth $3.2 million Los Angeles Lakers
Demetrius Jackson Two-way contract Boston Celtics
Brianté Weber Two-way contract Charlotte Hornets
Isaiah Canaan[16] 1-year non-guaranteed contract worth $1.5 million Oklahoma City Thunder
Gerald Green[17] 1-year non-guaranteed contract Milwaukee Bucks
R. J. Hunter Two-way contract Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Markel Brown Two-way contract Oklahoma City Blue
Brandan Wright Veteran's minimum prorated contract Memphis Grizzlies
Joe Johnson Veteran's minimum prorated contract Sacramento Kings
Le'Bryan Nash 10-day contract   Busan KT Sonicboom
Tim Quarterman 2-year non-guaranteed contract Agua Caliente Clippers
Aaron Jackson 2-year non-guaranteed contract   Beijing Ducks

SubtractionsEdit

Player Reason left New team
Isaiah Taylor Waived Atlanta Hawks
Isaiah Canaan Waived Phoenix Suns
Demetrius Jackson Waived Philadelphia 76ers
Brianté Weber Waived Sioux Falls Skyforce
Bobby Brown Waived   Olympiacos
Troy Williams Waived New York Knicks
Le'Bryan Nash Not resigned n/a
Tim Quarterman Waived n/a

AwardsEdit

Player Award Date awarded Ref.
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Week October 23, 2017 [18]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Week November 6, 2017 [19]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Month (November) December 1, 2017 [20]
Mike D'Antoni Western Conference Coach of the Month (November) December 1, 2017 [21]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Week December 4, 2017 [22]
Chris Paul Western Conference Player of the Week December 18, 2017 [23]
James Harden NBA All-Star January 18, 2018 [24]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Week February 5, 2018 [25]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Week February 12, 2018 [26]
Mike D'Antoni Western Conference Coach of the Month (February) March 1, 2018 [27]
James Harden All-NBA First Team May 24, 2018 [28]
Daryl Morey NBA Executive of the Year June 25, 2018 [29]
James Harden NBA Most Valuable Player June 25, 2018 [29]

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Hawks Trade Ryan Kelly to Houston in Exchange for Cash Considerations". nba.com/hawks. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
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  28. ^ "LeBron James, James Harden unanimously selected to All-NBA First Team". NBA.com. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  29. ^ a b "2018 NBA Awards Complete List of Winners". NBA.com. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.

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