Houston Rockets Regular Season Rosters

1977-1978 Houston Rockets Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
  Zaid Abdul-Aziz FC 6-9 235 9 Iowa State 1968 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
  Tom Barker C 6-11 225 1 Hawaii 1976 Rnd 4 Pick 2 United States
  Rick Barry F 6-7 205 7 Miami (FL) 1965 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
  Ron Behagen FC 6-9 185 4 Minnesota 1973 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
  Phil Bond PG 6-2 175 0 Louisville 1977 Rnd 3 Pick 18 United States
  Alonzo Bradley SF 6-6 190 0 Texas Southern 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 7 United States
  Jacky Dorsey SF 6-7 230 1 Georgia 1976 Rnd 2 Pick 9 United States
  Mike Dunleavy, Sr. G 6-3 180 1 South Carolina 1976 Rnd 6 Pick 13 United States
  Dwight Jones FC 6-10 210 4 Houston 1973 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
  Robin Jones FC 6-9 225 1 Saint Louis 1975 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
  Kevin Kunnert FC 7-0 230 4 Iowa 1973 Rnd 1 Pick 12 United States
  C.J. Kupec FC 6-6 220 2 Michigan 1975 Rnd 4 Pick 2 United States
10 John Lucas G 6-3 175 1 Maryland 1976 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Moses Malone C 6-10 215 1 Petersburg High School (Virginia) 1976 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
  Buster Matheney PF 6-8 212 0 Utah 1978 Rnd 2 Pick 6 United States
  Larry Moffett PF 6-8 210 0 UNLV 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 12 United States
  Calvin Murphy PG 5-9 165 7 Niagara 1970 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States
  Mike Newlin GF 6-4 200 6 Utah 1971 Rnd 2 Pick 7 United States
  Ed Ratleff GF 6-6 195 4 Long Beach State 1973 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
33 Robert Reid GF 6-8 205 0 St. Mary's (TX) 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 18 United States
  Rudy Tomjanovich F 6-8 218 7 Michigan 1970 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
  Rudy White SG 6-2 195 2 Arizona State 1975 Rnd 3 Pick 11 United States

1977-1978 Houston Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters C. Murphy J. Lucas R. Tomjanovich D. Jones M. Malone
Rotation   R. White M. Newlin K. Kunnert  
Rotation     R. Reid C. Kupec  
Rotation     A. Bradley    
Rotation     E. Ratleff    
Lim PT   M. Dunleavy, Sr.   Z. Abdul-Aziz  

1977-1978 Central Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1San Antonio Spurs52-30-
2Washington Bullets44-388
3Cleveland Cavaliers43-399
4Atlanta Hawks41-4111
5New Orleans Jazz39-4313
6Houston Rockets28-5424

1977-1978 Houston Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Moses Malone Eastern All-Star Coaches Selection (1978)

1977-1978 Houston Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Calvin Murphy 76 38.2 25.6 2.2 3.4 1.5 0.0 2.3
Moses Malone 59 35.7 19.4 15.0 0.5 0.8 1.3 3.7
John Lucas 82 35.8 12.4 3.1 9.4 2.0 0.1 2.6
Dwight Jones 82 30.2 10.6 7.8 1.3 0.9 0.5 2.0
Kevin Kunnert 80 26.9 10.4 8.7 1.2 0.6 1.1 1.8
Robert Reid 80 23.1 7.3 4.5 1.5 0.8 0.6 1.0
Mike Newlin 45 26.2 13.0 2.7 4.5 1.2 0.2 2.7
Rudy Tomjanovich 23 36.9 21.5 6.0 1.4 0.7 0.2 1.7
Alonzo Bradley 43 18.6 7.0 2.3 1.3 0.4 0.1 1.3
Ed Ratleff 68 17.1 4.4 2.4 2.2 0.9 0.3 1.0
C.J. Kupec 49 12.8 4.0 1.9 1.0 0.2 0.1 0.5
Rudy White 21 10.4 3.6 1.0 1.0 0.4 0.0 1.0
Zaid Abdul-Aziz 14 9.6 3.9 2.5 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.8
Mike Dunleavy, Sr. 11 9.3 4.1 0.8 2.0 0.7 0.1 0.8
Robin Jones 12 5.5 2.2 1.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.6
Larry Moffett 20 5.5 0.8 1.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.4
Ron Behagen 3 11.0 4.7 2.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 1.0
Phil Bond 7 3.0 0.6 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.3
John Johnson 1 11.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 3.0

1977-1978 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.

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.

Robert Reid was selected as the #18 pick in the Second Round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Robert Reid signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on September 1, 1977.

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 Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to Alonzo Bradley, the #7 pick in the Second Round of the 1977 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Houston Rockets from the Indiana Pacers on December 22, 1977. Alonzo Bradley signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on December 25, 1977.

Acquired via Trade

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

Zaid Abdul-Aziz signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on March 2, 1978.

Mike Dunleavy, Sr. signed a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on March 10, 1978.

C.J. Kupec signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on September 29, 1977.

1977-1978 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)