1995–96 Houston Rockets season

The 1995–96 NBA season was the Rockets' 29th season in the National Basketball Association, and 25th season in Houston. After two straight NBA championships, the Rockets got new colors, new uniforms, and a new logo which was actually unveiled aboard the Space Shuttle. The Rockets got off to a fast start winning ten of their first eleven games. However, injuries would be an issue all year as Clyde Drexler, Sam Cassell and Mario Elie were all out for long stretches. Midway through the season, the team signed free agent Sam Mack, who previously played in the Continental Basketball Association. Despite the injuries and a 7-game losing streak in March, the Rockets finished third in the Midwest Division with a 48–34 record, with Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon both being selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Rockets defeated the 4th-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in four games. However, they would be swept in the semifinals by the Seattle SuperSonics in four straight games. Following the season, Cassell and Robert Horry were both traded to the Phoenix Suns, and Kenny Smith signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons.

The new logo and uniforms remained until 2003.


Draft picks


Roster listing
Houston Rockets roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
PG9United StatesBooker, Melvin6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)185 lb (84 kg)Missouri
SF15United StatesBreaux, Tim Injured6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)Wyoming
PF52United StatesBrown, Chucky6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)214 lb (97 kg)North Carolina State
PF2United StatesBryant, Mark6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)245 lb (111 kg)Seton Hall
PG10United StatesCassell, Sam6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)185 lb (84 kg)Florida State
PF32United StatesChilcutt, Pete6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)230 lb (104 kg)North Carolina
SG22United StatesDrexler, Clyde6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)210 lb (95 kg)Houston
SG17United StatesElie, Mario6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)210 lb (95 kg)American International
SF25United StatesHorry, Robert6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)220 lb (100 kg)Alabama
PF27United StatesJones, Charles6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)Albany State
SF4United StatesMack, Sam6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)220 lb (100 kg)Houston
SG20United StatesMoore, Tracy6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)200 lb (91 kg)Tulsa
C34NigeriaOlajuwon, Hakeem7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)255 lb (116 kg)Houston
SG3United StatesRecasner, Eldridge6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)190 lb (86 kg)Washington
PG30United StatesSmith, Kenny6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)170 lb (77 kg)North Carolina
Head coach

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


Regular season

Season standings

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

Record vs. opponents

Game log


West First Round

(4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Houston Rockets Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Western Conference First Round (Houston won 3-1)

West Conference Semifinals

(1) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (5) Houston Rockets Last Playoff Meeting: 1993 Western Conference Semifinals (Seattle won 4-0)

*Required overtime

Player statistics




Awards and records





Free agents

See also

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