The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston. The Rockets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member team of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the Toyota Center, located in Downtown Houston. It was established in 1967 as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team originally based in San Diego. In 1971, the Rockets relocated to Houston. The Rockets won only 15 games in their debut season as a franchise in 1967. 1981 and 1986 are two NBA Finals appearance in franchise history. The Rockets continued to reach the playoffs throughout the 1980s. Led by Olajuwon, the Rockets dominated the 1993–94 season, setting a then-franchise record 58 wins and went to the 1994 NBA Finals and won the franchise’s first championship and defended the title in following season. After of long period of struggles, the acquisition of franchise player James Harden in 2012 launched the Rockets back into perennial championship contention throughout the rest of the 2010s, with zero losing seasons in Harden’s nine-season tenure with the team. Harden broke countless franchise and NBA records while on the team, winning three consecutive scoring titles between 2018 and 2020, and leading the team to two Western Conference Finals appearances. Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, and James Harden have been named the NBA’s MVPs while playing for the Rockets, for a total of four MVP awards. The Rockets, were been renowned for popularizing the use of advanced statistical analytics in player acquisitions and style of play.