2003–04 Houston Rockets season

The 2003–04 NBA season was the Rockets' 37th season in the National Basketball Association, and their 33rd season in the city of Houston. The season saw the Rockets move their home games from Compaq Center to the new Toyota Center. During the offseason, the Rockets hired head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who is best known for his tenure with the New York Knicks, and signed free agent Jim Jackson. Midway through the season, they signed free agent point guard Mark Jackson. The Rockets finished fifth in the Midwest Division with a 45–37 record, and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1999 as the number 7 seed in the Western Conference. Second-year star Yao Ming and Steve Francis were both selected for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. However, the Rockets were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers, who added Karl Malone and Gary Payton to join Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, in five games. This also marked Francis' only playoff appearance in his career. Following the season, he was traded along with Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato to the Orlando Magic, and Mark Jackson retired.

For the season, the team sported new uniforms and a new logo.


NBA Draft


Roster listing
Houston Rockets roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
F/C13United StatesCato, Kelvin6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)275 lb (125 kg)Iowa State
G3United StatesFrancis, Steve6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)210 lb (95 kg)Maryland
G/F7United StatesGriffin, Adrian Injured6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)217 lb (98 kg)Seton Hall
F21United StatesJackson, Jim6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)220 lb (100 kg)Ohio State
G31United StatesJackson, Mark6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)180 lb (82 kg)St. John's
G/F5United StatesMobley, Cuttino6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)190 lb (86 kg)Rhode Island
F9SloveniaNachbar, Boštjan6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)221 lb (100 kg)Slovenia
F35United StatesPadgett, Scott6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)240 lb (109 kg)Kentucky
G/F52United StatesPiatkowski, Eric6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)Nebraska
F/C2United StatesTaylor, Maurice6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)265 lb (120 kg)Michigan
F30United StatesWeatherspoon, Clarence6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)240 lb (109 kg)Southern Mississippi
G29United StatesWilks, Mike5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)180 lb (82 kg)Rice
C11ChinaYao Ming7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)310 lb (141 kg)China
Head coach

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


Regular season

Season standings

Record vs. opponents

Game log


West First Round

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-1)

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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