The Houston Rockets have an opportunity in the draft to set themselves up well for the rest of the offseason. Not many teams get multiple first-round draft picks like the Rockets do this year. Since the Rockets and the Knicks, whose pick the Rockets hold, didn’t have terrible records, Houston will likely make both selections in the mid-first round.
Often, picks at that point in the draft aren’t true difference makers or bona fide starters. However, the players who will likely be available in the middle of the first round this year have plenty of promise.
The Rockets could put themselves in excellent position through the draft to build on their rotation. They could find a starter or two in the first round, and then fill other, less pressing needs in free agency. Also, two sound first-round draft picks could save the team money in free agency, as it could keep them from chasing stars to fill holes.
The following are two picks the Rockets could make in the first round with an explanation of how those picks would help them in free agency.