Best Basketball Cities: Houston (4)

Clutch City brought two championships to Houston, and the Ming Dynasty of the mid-2000s has them celebrating Chinese New Year despite being under 5% Asian. Let’s dive into it.

Homegrown Talent Rating: B

No all-time stars, but Jimmy Butler and Deandre Jordan call it home. Lots more “ok” than “meh” down the list, continuing with Kendrick Perkins, Emeka Okafor, TJ Ford, Stephen Jackson, and Gerald Green. Birdman’s not the proudest of Houston’s children, but Rashard Lewis also hails from there, and I have immense respect for anyone that ever played for the SuperSonics. For all intents and purposes, we’re counting University of Houston as a part of “Homegrown Talent”, and Clyde and Hakeem’s time there in the 80s brings them major points.

Pro Talent Rating: A-

Hakeem the Dream, Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson, Yao Ming, T-Mac, Kenny Smith, Calvin Murphy and Elvin Hayes all spent significant time in Houston, while Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, and even Dikembe Mutombo spent time there. That’s a lot of hall of famers, and some great role players (and then there’s T-Mac). A couple years ago, things were verrrry questionable at the least. Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik signed huge contracts, and that speaks for itself. James Harden’s becoming one of the best 2 guards of this generation, and his step back’s still stupid saucy. Dwight Howard’s one of the greatest wastes of God-given talent ever, but there’s been enough great bigs to rank them this high.

Fan Base Rating: B-

Nickname for their fans is the Red Rowdies. Childish. Pitiful. Middle of the road attendance-wise. They have good atmospheres for the big games, I’ll give them that. But once again, warm-weather fans are questionable at best. If it’s 75 and sunny, you’re not going to see me heading to the arena to watch Dwight Howard miss free throws against Brooklyn. I’ll pass on that 8 days a week.

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