The Houston Rockets are far from a pathetic franchise.
They're one of 10 teams to win multiple championships, and one of only five teams to do so in back-to-back seasons.
Their history of dominant big men is deeper than perhaps any team's (outside of the LA Lakers), as the Rockets have featured Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson, Otis Thorpe, Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming.
The recent signing of Dwight Howard should not only add another legendary big man to this list, but it should become, rather instantly, the greatest free-agent signing in team history.
This is partially because Dwight Howard is the most dominant center in today's NBA, but the seemingly imminent distinction owes itself primarily to the incredibly bare history of the Rockets signing impact players.
For what it's worth, here's the best of that history.
All stats courtesy of basketball-reference.com