2018–19 Houston Rockets season

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2018–19 Houston Rockets season
Division champions
Head coachMike D'Antoni
General managerDaryl Morey
Owner(s)Tilman Fertitta
ArenaToyota Center
Results
Record53–29 (.646)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Southwest)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Warriors 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionAT&T SportsNet Southwest
RadioSportstalk 790
< 2017–18 2019–20 >

The 2018–19 Houston Rockets season was the 52nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and their 48th in the Houston area.[1]

Despite early struggles in the season including an on-court altercation between rival guards Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo, injuries among its core players, and losing core players including Trevor Ariza, the team made a dramatic improvement and finished as the 4th seed in the West. Most notable within the surge would be Harden's impressive play, it included his 30-point streak which started on December 11, all the way to a surprising 32 games until ending on February 25. This streak had left him 2nd for continuous 30+ points in a game, leaving Wilt Chamberlain as 1st. On March 24, against the Pelicans, they had clinched another playoff spot for the 7th straight year.

In the playoffs, the Rockets defeated the Utah Jazz in the First Round in five games. However, the Rockets would lose in six games against the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals, their fourth playoff exit against the Warriors in the last five postseasons, they previously lost to the Warriors in 2015 (conference finals), 2016 (first round), and 2018 (conference finals).

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 46 De'Anthony Melton Guard  United States USC (So.)

Entering the night of the draft, the Rockets had only one selection at hand, with it being the pick they acquired from the Miami Heat via a previous trade involving the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets, being the lowest second round pick of those teams. On the night of the draft, the Rockets selected former University of Southern California guard De'Anthony Melton as their sole selection that year. Melton only played one season at USC, playing that previous season as a starter in 25 out of 36 games played there, recording averages of 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, and 1.9 steals per game that season. He was originally planned to play in his sophomore season, but was suspended and later left in relation to the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball corruption scandal. Prior to the start of the season, Melton was traded alongside veteran power forward Ryan Anderson to the Phoenix Suns on August 31, 2018, in exchange for veteran point guard Brandon Knight and power forward Marquese Chriss.

Roster[edit]

2018–19 Houston Rockets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 15 Capela, Clint 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1994–05–18 Switzerland
G 2 Chiozza, Chris 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1995–11–21 Florida
F 6 Clark, Gary 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1994–11–16 Cincinnati
G 0 Duval, Trevon (TW) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1998–08–03 Duke
F 12 Edwards, Vincent (TW) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1996–04–05 Purdue
F/C 35 Faried, Kenneth 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–11–19 Morehead State
G 21 Frazier, Michael 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1994–03–08 Florida
G 10 Gordon, Eric 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1988–12–25 Indiana
G/F 14 Green, Gerald 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1986–01–26 Gulf Shores Academy (TX)
G 13 Harden, James 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–08–26 Arizona State
F/C 55 Hartenstein, Isaiah 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 249 lb (113 kg) 1998–05–05 Germany
G/F 4 House, Danuel 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1993–06–07 Texas A&M
F/C 42 Nenê 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1982–09–13 Brazil
G 3 Paul, Chris 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1985–05–06 Wake Forest
G 25 Rivers, Austin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992–08–01 Duke
G 1 Shumpert, Iman 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1990–06–26 Georgia Tech
F 17 Tucker, P. J. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1985–05–05 Texas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–03–17

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yHouston Rockets 53 29 .646 0.0 31–10 22–19 10–6 82
xSan Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 5.0 32–9 16–25 10–6 82
Memphis Grizzlies 33 49 .402 20.0 21–20 12–29 8–8 82
New Orleans Pelicans 33 49 .402 20.0 19–22 14–27 8–8 82
Dallas Mavericks 33 49 .402 20.0 24–17 9–32 4–12 82

Conference[edit]

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cGolden State Warriors * 57 25 .695 82
2 yDenver Nuggets * 54 28 .659 3.0 82
3 xPortland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 4.0 82
4 yHouston Rockets * 53 29 .646 4.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 50 32 .610 7.0 82
6 xOklahoma City Thunder 49 33 .598 8.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 9.0 82
8 xLos Angeles Clippers 48 34 .585 9.0 82
9 Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 18.0 82
10 Los Angeles Lakers 37 45 .451 20.0 82
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 36 46 .439 21.0 82
12 Memphis Grizzlies 33 49 .402 24.0 82
13 New Orleans Pelicans 33 49 .402 24.0 82
14 Dallas Mavericks 33 49 .402 24.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 19 63 .232 38.0 82

Game log[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2018 preseason game log
Total: 4–1 (Home: 1–1; Road: 3–0)
2018–19 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

2018–19 game log
Total: 53–29 (Home: 31–10; Road: 22–19)
2018–19 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

2019 playoff game log
Total: 6–5 (Home: 5–1; Road: 1–4)
2019 playoff schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
Carmelo Anthony PF 10 2 294 54 5 4 7 134
Clint Capela C 67 67 2,249 848 96 44 102 1,114
Michael Carter-Williams PG 16 1 145 13 21 9 6 69
Chris Chiozza PG 7 0 33 4 4 1 1 6
Marquese Chriss PF 16 0 104 28 6 2 4 29
Gary Clark PF 51 2 641 116 18 20 26 148
Vincent Edwards SF 2 0 16 2 0 0 0 3
James Ennis SF 40 25 949 117 27 38 16 294
Kenneth Faried C 25 13 610 206 18 15 19 323
Eric Gordon SG 68 53 2,158 148 129 41 27 1,103
Gerald Green SG 73 0 1,473 182 40 33 27 675
James Harden PG 78 78 2,867 518 586 158 58 2,818
Isaiah Hartenstein PF 28 0 221 47 15 7 12 53
Danuel House SF 39 13 979 140 40 21 11 366
Terrence Jones PF 2 0 5 4 0 0 0 2
Brandon Knight PG 12 0 118 9 9 2 0 36
Nenê C 42 2 546 123 26 18 15 151
James Nunnally SF 2 0 38 1 2 0 0 9
Chris Paul PG 58 58 1,857 265 473 114 18 906
Austin Rivers SG 47 13 1,345 91 109 29 13 408
Iman Shumpert SG 20 1 382 54 21 12 4 91
P. J. Tucker PF 82 82 2,802 479 96 132 39 601
Zhou Qi PF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2

After all games.[2]
Waived during the season
Traded during the season
Acquired during the season

Playoffs[edit]

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
Clint Capela C 11 11 331 113 16 3 12 107
Gary Clark PF 2 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
Kenneth Faried C 6 0 56 21 2 2 0 24
Eric Gordon SG 11 11 410 27 14 7 11 196
Gerald Green SG 11 0 97 12 1 3 3 39
James Harden PG 11 11 424 76 73 24 10 348
Isaiah Hartenstein PF 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 4
Danuel House SF 7 0 53 14 3 3 2 27
Nenê C 7 0 141 22 1 3 2 34
Chris Paul PG 11 11 397 70 60 24 7 187
Austin Rivers SG 10 0 215 21 10 5 1 74
Iman Shumpert SG 8 0 109 12 2 1 0 29
P. J. Tucker PF 11 11 426 82 19 19 8 125

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

August 2, 2018[3] To Houston Rockets
Draft rights to Maarty Leunen
To Dallas Mavericks
Chinanu Onuaku
Cash considerations
Option to swap 2020 second-round draft picks
August 31, 2018[4] To Houston Rockets
Brandon Knight
Marquese Chriss
To Phoenix Suns
Ryan Anderson
De'Anthony Melton
January 7, 2019[5] To Houston Rockets
Conditional 2020 second-round draft pick (Memphis)
To Chicago Bulls
Michael Carter-Williams
Cash considerations
January 22, 2019[6] To Houston Rockets
Draft rights to Tadija Dragićević
To Chicago Bulls
Carmelo Anthony
Draft rights to Jon Diebler
Cash considerations
February 7, 2019[7][8][9] To Houston Rockets
Option to swap 2021 second-round draft picks
To Philadelphia 76ers
James Ennis III
To Houston Rockets
Iman Shumpert (from Sacramento)
Wade Baldwin IV
Nik Stauskas
2021 second-round draft pick (Milwaukee)
Option to swap 2020 second-round draft picks
To Cleveland Cavaliers
Brandon Knight
Marquese Chriss
Conditional 2019 first-round draft pick
2022 second-round draft pick
To Houston Rockets
Cash considerations
To Indiana Pacers
Wade Baldwin IV
Nik Stauskas
Draft rights to Maarty Leunen
2021 second-round draft pick (Milwaukee)

Free agency[edit]

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed
Chris Paul[10] 4-year contract worth $160 million
Gerald Green[11] 1-year contract worth $2.4 million
Clint Capela[12] 5-year contract worth $90 million

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former team
Gary Clark Two-way contract Cincinnati Bearcats
Vincent Edwards Two-way contract Purdue Boilermakers
Michael Carter-Williams[13] 1-year contract worth $1.9 million Charlotte Hornets
James Ennis III 2-year contract worth $3.4 million Detroit Pistons
Carmelo Anthony[14] 1-year contract worth $2.4 million Oklahoma City Thunder
Danuel House Two-way contract Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Austin Rivers 1-year, veteran's minimum contract Phoenix Suns
James Nunnally 10-day contract Minnesota Timberwolves
Kenneth Faried 1-year, veteran's prorated minimum contract Brooklyn Nets
Terrence Jones 10-day contract Erie BayHawks
Chris Chiozza 10-day contract Capital City Go-Go
Trevon Duval Two-way contract Milwaukee Bucks
Michael Frazier II Prorated minimum contract Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason left New team
Trevor Ariza[15] 1-year contract worth $15 million Phoenix Suns
Aaron Jackson Waived China Beijing Ducks
Luc Mbah a Moute[16] 1-year contract worth $4.3 million Los Angeles Clippers
Markel Brown 1-year contract Turkey Darüşşafaka
R. J. Hunter Waived Atlanta Hawks
Zhou Qi Waived n/a
James Nunnally Waived Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Terrence Jones Waived n/a

Awards[edit]

Player Award Date awarded Ref.
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Week December 17, 2018 [17]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Week December 31, 2018 [18]
Mike D'Antoni Western Conference Coach of the Month (December) January 2, 2019 [19]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Month (December) January 3, 2019 [20]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Week January 21, 2019 [21]
James Harden NBA All-Star January 24, 2019 [22]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Month (January) February 2, 2019 [23]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Week March 25, 2019 [24]
James Harden Western Conference Player of the Month (March/April) April 11, 2019 [25]

References[edit]

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