The Houston Rockets were founded in San Diego in 1967 and joined the NBA as an expansion team. The first player the Rockets signed in the draft was Pat Riley (Hall of Fame trainer). In 1971 the Rockets were sold to Houston and have been playing in Space City, Texas ever since. The Rockets' strongest period was in the 90s. The rebuilding that began in the late 80s around the legendary Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon center showed its first successes at the beginning of the 90s. In the 1992 NBA Draft, the Rockets Robert Horry and 1993 Sam Casell drew.
The Rockets team was now a title contender, and since Michael Jordan had retired, one less strong team was in the title fight. The Rockets won their first championship in the 1994 finals against the New York Knicks, and Olajuwon was named MVP. The following year, the Rockets were able to win the title again. After Michael Jordan returned to the NBA, the Rockets streak ended.
In the years 2000-2012 the Rockets could only reach the conference semifinals once and could not build on their past successes. In 2013 the era of James Harden started. The shooter was drafted by the Rockets in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder at three and was traded to the Rockets in 2013. Since then, the Rockets have made it to the NBA playoffs every year and have played in the Western Conference Finals twice.
Which hat shapes and designs are available?
The following versions are offered by New Era:
- New Era 59fifty (fitted with flat peak)
- New Era 39thirty (fitted with curved peak)
- New Era 9fifty (classic snapback hat with flat peak)
- New Era 9forty (adjustable hat with curved peak)
- New Era Trucker (Trucker Mesh hat with Snapback)
- Mitchell & Ness 110 Flexfit (snapback hat with curved peak)
- Mitchell & Ness Snapback (classic snapback hat with flat peak)
- Winter hats
What colors and logos are most popular?
Houston Rockets hats are popular in the current team colors on the one hand and in the historic team colors on the other. This also applies to the hats' logos. The current hats are very popular in the classic team colors red and black. The most popular logo currently is the simple R (Secondary Logo). These hats are particularly popular with a curved peak in the 110 Flexfit versions from Mitchell & Ness and 940 from New Era. The current logo of the Rockets has been around since 2003. In the Hard Wood Classics series, the Rockets logo from 1995-2003 in navy is particularly popular (see picture).
As a special edition we also offer name hats from the All-Star series by Mitchell & Ness. For the Houston Rockets this is the hat with the name "The Dream" which is supposed to remind of the legendary Center and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.
Most popular hats:
- Red hat with a simple Rockets Secondary logo
- Black hat with a simple Rockets Secondary logo
- Team Arch hat (black hat with team lettering and HWC logo)
- Classic hat with historical logo
Which hat shapes are the most popular?
Definitely snapbacks - in recent years there has been an increasing trend towards hats with a curved peak. The 110 Flexfit series from Mitchell & Ness is particularly popular. Classic snapback hats with flat visors are still top sellers and are in high demand by NBA fans.
Which brands does TOPPERZSTORE currently offer Rockets caps from?
We currently offer Rockets hats from New Era and Mitchell & Ness.
Does TOPPERZSTORE offer exclusive Rockets Hats?
From the beginning of the 2018/19 season we will be offering an exclusive series of the Houston Rockets. If you can't find a hat or if you have any requests or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us :)