Starting Five: Rafer Alston, Tracy McGrady, Shane Battier, Juwan Howard, Yao Ming

This should have been a great team. Instead, Yao broke his right knee in December and missed 32 games. Although he came back in March, the Rockets were eliminated by the Jazz in the playoffs, continuing McGrady's curse of first round exits. But none of that matters to a video game, and this is a well-balanced team anchored by McGrady's scoring and playmaking prowess and Yao's gargantuan rebounding and post scoring skills. Alston (and Luther Head off the bench) are capable shooters and Battier was in his heyday as an unsung lockdown defender.