[ClutchFans] Five Rockets Who Came Out of Nowhere

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  1. Jeff

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    <a href="http://rockets.clutchfans.net/744/five-houston-rockets-who-came-out-of-nowhere/">The Undiscovered Country: Five Rockets Who Came Out of Nowhere</a>
     
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    Good read. Is Matt Maloney still on the rockets payroll? LOL
     
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    My two favorites are the 2 Chuckys.
     
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    Good read, you could have really added Mario Elie to the list. I believe he was going from team to team when we got him and nobody thought much of the move at the time.
     
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    He's not. He's been off for a few years.
     
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    Here's to hoping Ishmael Smith is another out-of-nowhere undrafted player that does well!

    Von Wafer could be considered for this list, too.
     
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    No love for Sam Mack?! That guy could score
     
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    The 2 Chucks are the standouts to me as well. Funny I knew about Matt Maloney back in college because my brother used to play ball with him when they were at Penn. Needless to say I never expected him to show up and be a big part of the Rockets at any point.
     
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    Did we really pass on Tim Hardaway? I don't remember that, could someone fill me in on the back-story?
     
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    Other favorites from the past that come to mind:

    Major Jones (FA I think) and Caldwell Jones
    Walter Berry (All-American at St. Johns who took years to find a niche with the Rox finally)
    Billy Paultz (an ABA refugee who was a poor man's Bill Laimbeer without the nastiness.... just the shooting)
    Allen Leavell (late draft pick-- started for years at PG)
     
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    SOLID, and loved every letter of it.


    Others to note - either struggling or about out of the league.

    Bill Willoughby
    Lewis Lloyd
    Vernon Maxwell
    Andre Barrett
    Avery Johnson
    Oscar Torres
    Von Wafer
    David Wood


    DD
     
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    Really fun article to read... great little trip down memory lane.
     
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    Great article!

    Clutch,

    Just a suggestion:

    Let the authors of these blog posts post them, so that we can give the rep for it. I read the article when you tweeted it, came in to rep Jeff, and was denied.
     
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    Come on DD, you know Maxwell played for 6 seasons after the Rockets was signed as the starting point guard for the Sixers (the logic of Max as a PG with Stackhouse as a SG made no sense though)

    Avery Johnson, come on man, you know he became a Spurs favorite after leaving the Rockets.
     
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    Thanks Clutch and Jeff,

    Instead of most people here crying havok and let slip the dogs of war,
    you have restored my faith in Clutchfans
     
  16. macho87

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    When I seen the home page, I thought Moochie died or something.
     
  17. Clutch

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    I like that idea. I checked with Jeff on this one and fixed the initial post... I'll check with Derek, Bima and others on future comments threads.
     
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    i thought the homepage was saying the rockets signed moochie "out of nowhere" ...scared me for a sec.
     
  19. Jeff

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    Thanks. Mario didn't make the list because he was playing in the NBA prior to joining the Rockets. They actually made a trade to get him, but he did certainly improve his career standing here.
     
  20. Jeff

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    He was definitely on the short list, but didn't quite make the 5.

    Speaking of, feel free to add your own, particularly if you know any old timer examples.
     

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