Houston Rockets were ranked too low on FanSided 250

Houston Rockets guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images) /

The research and polling has been done for the Houston Rockets and they were ranked way too low on FanSided’s 250 list. Where did they fall? Let’s look.

Houston Rockets fans — the results are in and the people have spoken to how highly fans regard one of the NBA’s most exciting franchises to date.

Yes, FanSided has ranked the Top 250 fandoms in the world — we call it the FanSided 250 — and the determination of who stands out is not only determined by a fan vote but also an exhaustive evaluation such as how highly they’re sought after on cyberspace as well as their social following all come in to play to rank the best fandoms of the world.

The Houston Rockets have enjoyed a largely successful campaign over the past two decades since their back-to-back championships through the 1993-95 seasons.  Through that span up until this point, the team has only had just three losing seasons in 1999-00 (34-48), 2001-02 (28-54), 2005-06 (34-48).

Injuries to Steve Francis, Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady respectively to those three anomalies were the dominating cause to the Houston Rockets‘ demise but the team continued to bounce back significantly from those somewhat ugly campaigns.  I’ve been around on this Earth long enough to remember each of those seasons vividly and I’m still truly grateful for them as it goes to show how much this franchise has evolved.

That’s remarkable considering how tough it is to win in the NBA and that it has largely been the brainchild of general manager Daryl Morey, who has been calling the shots since 2007.  In his tenure, the Houston Rockets have never had a losing season and although a postseason berth did not come until he made the trade heard around the world for one James Harden, this team has been a pleasure to watch throughout the years even without superstars.

You can’t blame Morey for swinging for the fences with every opportunity he gets because he’s never satisfied with the product that’s on the hardwood and feels that he improve it even better.  He’s tried pairing Harden with Dwight Howard with mixed results, then it was Chris Paul (also debatable results) and now Russell Westbrook, a guy Morey didn’t even dream that he’d be able to trade for later down the road, is Harden’s latest complement to the team’s dynamic duo.

Despite all of that, the Houston Rockets are ranked 154th on the FanSided 250 as well as 18th among NBA teams, definitely meaning they’ve got some work to do in terms of being among higher graces of fandoms alike.

It’s a head-scratcher because this franchise has such a rich history but the element of winning didn’t kick in until about the 1980s and we’ve seen legends such as Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy, Rudy Tomjanovich, Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler all carry the torch that

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Harden and Westbrook now have in their hands.

But as long as Morey is at the helm, the future of this organization remains bright despite the

franchise changing hands of ownership for the first time since 1993 with hospitality billionaire Tilman Fertitta buying the Houston Rockets from Les Alexander for $2 billion just two seasons ago.

We’re seeing the changes that are taking effect while Fertitta has been in charge but most have style-oriented and he hasn’t detracted from the concept of continuing to win as many basketball games as possible.  Fertitta is a fan of this organization just like we are as he was front and center at his courtside seats at Toyota Center every game.  It just happens to be that the address of his new office is now at 1501 Polk and he can now make decisions about the direction of the business that is the Houston Rockets.

Next. Rockets: Team ranked No. 154 on the FanSided 250. dark

But despite all of that, I’d like to see the Houston Rockets be ranked higher next season but it’s likely going to have to be a hell of a campaign from Russ and Beard for them to move up higher.  We’ll certainly see about that.

So how did the Houston Rockets match up with other fandoms?  Take a look at FanSided’s all-inclusive list of the best fans in sports.