1989–90 Houston Rockets season

The 1989–90 NBA season was the Rockets' 23rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 19th season in the city of Houston. After a 9–6 start to the season, the Rockets would struggle posting a 12–18 record as they entered the New Year. However, they would manage to win seven of their next nine games. At midseason, the Rockets acquired Vernon Maxwell from the San Antonio Spurs as they continued to play .500 basketball for the rest of the season. They finished fifth in the Midwest Division with a 41–41 record, winning a tie-breaker over the Seattle SuperSonics for the #8 seed in the Western Conference. Akeem Olajuwon led the Rockets with 24.3 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game, while being selected for the 1990 NBA All-Star Game. However, in the first round of the playoffs, they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in four games.

Draft picks

The Rockets had no draft picks in 1989.


Roster listing
Houston Rockets roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
SG25Bowie, Anthony6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)190 lb (86 kg)1963-11-09Oklahoma
PF44Caldwell, Adrian6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)265 lb (120 kg)1966-07-04Lamar
PG9Dinkins, Byron6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)170 lb (77 kg)1967-06-15Charlotte
PG21Floyd, Sleepy6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)170 lb (77 kg)1960-03-06Georgetown
SF1Johnson, Buck6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)190 lb (86 kg)1964-01-03Alabama
SG32Lloyd, Lewis6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)205 lb (93 kg)1959-02-22Drake
PG10Lucas, John6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)175 lb (79 kg)1953-10-31Maryland
SG11Maxwell, Vernon6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)180 lb (82 kg)1965-09-12Florida
C40McCormick, Tim6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)240 lb (109 kg)1962-03-10Michigan
C34Olajuwon, Akeem7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)255 lb (116 kg)1963-01-21Houston
PF13Smith, Larry6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)215 lb (98 kg)1958-01-18Alcorn State
PF33Thorpe, Otis6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)225 lb (102 kg)1962-08-05Providence
SG23Wiggins, Mitchell6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)185 lb (84 kg)1959-09-28Florida State
SG42Woodson, Mike6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)195 lb (88 kg)1958-03-24Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Last transaction: March 19, 1990

Regular season

Season standings

z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

Game log


West First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (April 27): Los Angeles 101, Houston 89
  • Game 2 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (April 29): Los Angeles 104, Houston 100
  • Game 3 @ The Summit, Houston (May 1): Houston 114, Los Angeles 108
  • Game 4 @ The Summit, Houston (May 3): Los Angeles 109, Houston 88

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Western Conference Finals (Houston won 4-1)

Player statistics

  GPGames 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



Awards and records


See also

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