Ranking the Top 5 Coolest Jerseys in Houston Rockets History
The San Diego Rockets were founded in 1967 and moved to Houston after just four seasons.
In 1971, the Rockets debuted in Houston and ever since they have been a storied NBA franchise.
The Rockets have won two NBA championships (in 1994 and 1995) and have had some of the greatest players in league history.
When a team is around for 40 years, they often go through several uniform and logo changes.
In that spirit, let's now rank the top five uniforms in the history of the Houston Rockets franchise.
5. Christmas Day 2012 Big Color Uniforms
On Christmas day, the Houston Rockets will face off with the Chicago Bulls on one of the most watched days of the NBA season.
During the game, the team will be sporting the new Adidas "Big Color" uniforms that the NBA will be trying out for all 10 teams playing on Christmas.
Going with silver as the primary color is definitely an interesting look and different from anything the Rockets have done before. It remains to be seen how much they stand out on the court, but the design seems sleek, and it still has the Rockets' signature red sprinkled in.
If you want an early look at how these uniforms may look, they are available to play in on NBA 2K13.
2003-Present Road Jerseys
The Rockets' current road uniforms are one of the more standout unis in the league today.
The red and silver make a nice contrast, and the uniforms make the players jump out and look intimidating on the road.
The font and logo with the "R" is also creatively done and a huge improvement over the mess of a red ball with a rocket coming out of it they had in their previous jerseys.
The biggest issue I have with them is that they are almost identical to the current home uniforms except for the change in color.
3 1972-1976 Road Uniforms
After their mess of a uniform in their first season in Houston, the Rockets went the next year for this classic design that would be the precursor of the uniforms they would wear for the majority of their history.
The font and lettering of the Houston is much-improved from their 1971-72 jerseys, and the red and yellow cemented the colors of the franchise moving forward.
The '72 road jerseys beat out the home ones because the home jerseys are a little boring with the off white being mixed in with red letters with yellow boarder.
In the road jerseys, the yellow is more prominent and white is taken out entirely on the tops.
2. 1976-1995 Road Uniforms
The Rockets' best uniforms came in the 20-year span from the mid-'70s to the mid-'90s, when they went with a modified version of the '72-'76 jerseys.
On these road jerseys, the red is darker, the lettering is white instead of yellow and the trim on the shorts is yellow.
Also, on the shorts they added the Rockets name to add more to the shorts.
These are the road uniforms most fans would associate the Rockets with, and they are also the uniforms worn when they won their two NBA championships.
1. 1976-1995 Home Uniforms
Hands down, the best uniforms the Houston Rockets ever wore were their home jerseys from 1976-1995.
The previous home jerseys had an ugly yellow boarder around the numbers, but these uniforms went instead for the nice font slanted upwards with the "Rockets" lettering in plain red.
The jersey did just enough to keep it looking great without trying too hard to take away from name and number.
What makes these jerseys even better than the road uniforms of the same time period is the yellow ball of the Rockets logo on the shorts, which was an excellent addition.
Many teams have been resorting to throwback uniforms permanently in the NBA in the last several years. If the Rockets decide to go in that direction, bringing back both the road and home uniforms that they wore for nearly 20 years would bring back a sense of nostalgia to the organization and would still look good today.