The Rockets need to stand out in the congested Western Conference.
Falling just short of the playoffs this season after going 3-7 in its last 10 games, the franchise has two picks in the middle of this draft's first round at No. 14 and 16.
An aging Marcus Camby turned 38 this past March, and the Rockets have a lot of question marks in the frontcourt.
At center, Samuel Dalembert is solid defensively but doesn't log big minutes. Greg Smith is still very raw and wasn't in the rotation last season.
At power forward, Luis Scola is an All-Star-caliber player, and Patrick Peterson backs him up. However, last year's first-round investment Marcus Morris has been a disaster so far.
In order to stand out in the West and match up with such physical tandems as Perkins-Ibaka, Gasol-Randolph, Jefferson-Millsap and Jordan-Griffin, among others, the Rockets must address their strength up front first.
In particular, they need a prospect that will help their interior defense.
Possible selections at No. 14: Meyers Leonard (Illinois), Fab Melo (Syracuse)
With that need taken care of, there is solid depth at point guard in Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic. Rookie Chandler Parsons showed he could hold his own starting at small forward and has Chase Budinger behind him.
The shooting guard position is the next biggest need. Courtney Lee is a solid player, but with the current roster he shouldn't start if the team wants to compete for a championship.
Kevin Martin has shown his ability to be a great NBA scorer, but has only managed to be on the court for two full seasons in his seven-year career, missing lots of time with injuries.
If Martin again is injured, the Rockets don't have much of an answer behind him.
Possible selections at No. 16: Austin Rivers (Duke), Dion Waiters (Syracuse)