Houston Rockets Regular Season Rosters

1988-1989 Houston Rockets Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
6 Walter Berry F 6-8 215 2 St. John's 1986 Rnd 1 Pick 14 United States
35 Tony Brown GF 6-6 185 6 Arkansas 1982 Rnd 4 Pick 13 United States
2 Joe Barry Carroll FC 7-0 225 7 Purdue 1980 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Ron Cavenall C 7-1 230 1 Texas Southern 1981 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
3 Derrick Chievous F 6-7 185 0 Missouri 1988 Rnd 1 Pick 16 United States
7 Lester Conner G 6-4 180 5 Oregon State 1982 Rnd 1 Pick 14 United States
21 Sleepy Floyd PG 6-3 170 6 Georgetown 1982 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
  Jim Grandholm FC 7-0 235 0 South Florida 1984 Rnd 4 Pick 6 United States
  Steve Hayes C 7-0 205 8 Idaho State 1977 Rnd 4 Pick 10 United States
1 Buck Johnson F 6-7 190 2 Alabama 1986 Rnd 1 Pick 20 United States
15 Frank Johnson G 6-1 185 7 Wake Forest 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
30 Allen Leavell G 6-1 170 9 Oklahoma City 1979 Rnd 5 Pick 16 United States
40 Tim McCormick C 6-11 240 4 Michigan 1984 Rnd 1 Pick 12 United States
52 Chuck Nevitt C 7-5 217 6 NC State 1982 Rnd 3 Pick 17 United States
34 Hakeem Olajuwon C 7-0 255 4 Houston 1984 Rnd 1 Pick 1 Nigeria / United States
  Lorenzo Romar G 6-1 175 5 Washington 1980 Rnd 7 Pick 3 United States
10 Purvis Short SF 6-7 210 10 Jackson State 1978 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
25 Bernard Thompson GF 6-6 210 4 Fresno State 1984 Rnd 1 Pick 19 United States
33 Otis Thorpe PF 6-9 225 4 Providence 1984 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
42 Mike Woodson GF 6-5 195 8 Indiana 1980 Rnd 1 Pick 12 United States

1988-1989 Houston Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters S. Floyd M. Woodson B. Johnson O. Thorpe H. Olajuwon
Rotation F. Johnson   D. Chievous W. Berry T. McCormick
Rotation     P. Short    
Lim PT A. Leavell       C. Nevitt

1988-1989 Midwest Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Utah Jazz51-31-
2Houston Rockets45-376
3Denver Nuggets44-387
4Dallas Mavericks38-4413
5San Antonio Spurs21-6130
6Miami Heat15-6736

1988-1989 Houston Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Hakeem Olajuwon All-NBA First Team (1989)
Hakeem Olajuwon Player Of The Week (11/13/88, 02/19/89)
Hakeem Olajuwon Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1989)

1988-1989 Houston Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Hakeem Olajuwon 82 36.9 24.8 13.5 1.8 2.6 3.4 3.4
Otis Thorpe 82 38.2 16.7 9.6 2.5 1.0 0.5 2.7
Sleepy Floyd 82 34.0 14.2 3.7 8.6 1.5 0.1 3.1
Mike Woodson 81 27.9 12.9 2.4 2.5 1.1 0.2 1.7
Derrick Chievous 81 19.0 9.3 3.2 1.0 0.6 0.1 1.7
Buck Johnson 67 27.6 9.6 4.3 1.9 1.0 0.5 1.6
Purvis Short 65 17.8 7.4 2.8 1.6 0.7 0.2 1.1
Tim McCormick 81 15.5 5.2 3.2 0.7 0.2 0.3 0.8
Walter Berry 40 20.0 8.8 3.8 1.4 0.5 0.9 1.2
Frank Johnson 67 13.1 4.4 1.2 2.7 0.6 0.0 1.5
Allen Leavell 55 11.4 3.3 1.0 2.3 0.5 0.1 1.1
Chuck Nevitt 43 5.3 1.5 1.5 0.1 0.1 0.7 0.5
Bernard Thompson 23 9.7 2.7 1.2 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.8
Tony Brown 14 6.5 2.6 1.1 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.5

1988-1989 Houston Rockets Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Derrick Chievous was selected as the #16 pick in the First Round of the 1988 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Derrick Chievous signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on October 14, 1988.

Buck Johnson was selected as the #20 pick in the First Round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Buck Johnson signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on September 30, 1986. Buck Johnson signed a multi-year extension with the Houston Rockets on December 22, 1988.

Hakeem Olajuwon was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Hakeem Olajuwon signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on August 1, 1984. Hakeem Olajuwon signed a multi-year extension with the Houston Rockets on August 1, 1988.

Acquired via Trade

Sleepy Floyd was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the Golden State Warriors on December 13, 1987.

Frank Johnson was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the New Jersey Nets on November 2, 1988.

Tim McCormick was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the New Jersey Nets on November 2, 1988.

Purvis Short was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the Golden State Warriors on November 5, 1987.

Otis Thorpe was acquired in a sign and trade by the Houston Rockets from the Sacramento Kings on October 11, 1988.

Acquired via Free Agency

Walter Berry signed a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on February 2, 1989.

Allen Leavell signed a contract with the Houston Rockets on January 15, 1987. Allen Leavell re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on January 25, 1987. Allen Leavell re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on September 1, 1987.

Chuck Nevitt signed a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on October 26, 1988.

Mike Woodson signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on July 19, 1988.

1988-1989 Houston Rockets Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Charlie Thomas Owner 1982-1983 N/A
Don Chaney Head Coach 1988-1989 Head Coach (Los Angeles Clippers, 1984 to 1987)
Ray Patterson General Manager 1972-1973 General Manager (Milwaukee Bucks, 1970 to 1972)
Bill Worrell TV Broadcaster 1983-1984 N/A