Houston Rockets Regular Season Rosters

1976-1977 Houston Rockets Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
  Phil Hicks SF 6-7 205 0 Tulane 1975 Rnd 4 Pick 7 United States
  John Johnson SF 6-7 200 6 Iowa 1970 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
  Dwight Jones FC 6-10 210 3 Houston 1973 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
  Goo Kennedy GF 6-5 205 0 Texas Christian 1971 Rnd 9 Pick 3 United States
  Kevin Kunnert FC 7-0 230 3 Iowa 1973 Rnd 1 Pick 12 United States
10 John Lucas G 6-3 175 0 Maryland 1976 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Moses Malone C 6-10 215 0 Petersburg High School (Virginia) 1975 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
  Calvin Murphy PG 5-9 165 6 Niagara 1970 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States
  Mike Newlin GF 6-4 200 5 Utah 1971 Rnd 2 Pick 7 United States
  Tom Owens FC 6-10 215 0 South Carolina 1971 Rnd 4 Pick 7 United States
  Ed Ratleff GF 6-6 195 3 Long Beach State 1973 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
  Rudy Tomjanovich F 6-8 218 6 Michigan 1970 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
  Rudy White SG 6-2 195 1 Arizona State 1975 Rnd 3 Pick 11 United States
  Dave Wohl PG 6-2 185 5 Pennsylvania 1971 Rnd 3 Pick 11 United States

1976-1977 Houston Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters C. Murphy J. Lucas M. Newlin R. Tomjanovich K. Kunnert
Rotation     J. Johnson D. Jones  
Rotation     G. Kennedy    
Lim PT   R. White E. Ratleff T. Owens M. Malone

1976-1977 Central Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Houston Rockets49-33-
2Washington Bullets48-341
3San Antonio Spurs44-385
4Cleveland Cavaliers43-396
5New Orleans Jazz35-4714
6Atlanta Hawks31-5118

1976-1977 Houston Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
John Lucas All-Rookie First Team (1977)
Rudy Tomjanovich Eastern All-Star Coaches Selection (1977)

1976-1977 Houston Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK
Rudy Tomjanovich 81 38.6 21.6 8.4 2.1 0.7 0.3
Calvin Murphy 82 33.7 17.9 2.1 4.7 1.8 0.1
Moses Malone 80 31.2 13.5 13.4 1.1 0.8 2.3
Mike Newlin 82 25.8 12.7 2.5 3.9 0.7 0.0
John Lucas 82 30.9 11.1 2.7 5.6 1.5 0.2
Kevin Kunnert 81 25.3 9.4 8.3 1.9 0.4 1.3
John Johnson 79 22.0 9.3 3.4 2.1 0.6 0.3
Dwight Jones 74 16.7 5.9 3.8 0.6 0.5 0.3
Tom Owens 46 10.0 4.1 3.1 0.4 0.1 0.3
Ed Ratleff 37 14.4 4.5 2.1 1.2 0.5 0.2
Rudy White 46 8.0 2.4 0.9 0.8 0.2 0.0
Goo Kennedy 32 8.7 2.0 1.6 0.2 0.2 0.2
Dave Wohl 14 4.4 1.3 0.4 1.1 0.0 0.0
Phil Hicks 2 3.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0

1976-1977 Houston Rockets Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

John Lucas was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. John Lucas signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on September 1, 1976.

Calvin Murphy was selected as the #1 pick in the Second Round of the 1970 NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets. Calvin Murphy signed a multi-year contract with the San Diego Rockets on September 1, 1970.

Mike Newlin was selected as the #7 pick in the Second Round of the 1971 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Mike Newlin signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on April 27, 1971.

Tom Owens was selected as the #7 pick in the 4 Round of the 1971 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Tom Owens signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on September 16, 1975.

Ed Ratleff was selected as the #6 pick in the First Round of the 1973 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Ed Ratleff signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on September 1, 1973.

Rudy Tomjanovich was selected as the #2 pick in the First Round of the 1970 NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets. Rudy Tomjanovich signed a multi-year contract with the San Diego Rockets on September 1, 1970.

Rudy White was selected as the #11 pick in the 3 Round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Rudy White signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on July 13, 1975.

Acquired via Trade

John Johnson was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the Portland Trail Blazers on November 13, 1975.

Dwight Jones was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the Atlanta Hawks on June 7, 1976.

Kevin Kunnert was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the Buffalo Braves on February 1, 1974.

Moses Malone was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the Buffalo Braves on October 24, 1976.

Acquired via Free Agency

Goo Kennedy signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on February 1, 1977.

1976-1977 Houston Rockets Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Kenneth Schnitzer Owner 1976-1977 N/A
Tom Nissalke Head Coach 1976-1977 Head Coach (San Antonio Spurs, 1973 to 1975)
Ray Patterson General Manager 1972-1973 General Manager (Milwaukee Bucks, 1970 to 1972)