Houston Rockets: Grading Houston's 2012 NBA Draft Decisions

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Houston Rockets: Grading Houston's 2012 NBA Draft Decisions
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Jeremy Lamb

The Houston Rockets had one of the more interesting drafts, to say the least. The franchise didn't actually assess any of the glaring holes in the roster, but instead decided to take the best player available approach. While the team did acquire some fantastic talent, their draft choices do raise the question of if the franchise was caught off guard due to not completing their ultimate goal: acquiring a star.

Houston has been desperately searching for a superstar to lead this depth-laden roster. The team obtained Kevin Martin a few years ago to see if he would develop into the superstar the brass has been coveting. Sadly, that experiment has failed due to Martin's constant injury problems and one-dimensional game. That isn't the only avenue to add a franchise-altering player that has gone awry.

In the past two years, the team has tried to add both Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol, but to no avail. The organization came close to bringing Gasol to Texas until David Stern vetoed that infamous Chris Paul trade.

Nonetheless, the Rockets were up to their old tricks again, as the team made two deals to help make a package for a star more enticing. Despite adding a draft pick and moving up to the 12th spot, Houston was unable to convince another franchise to give them their franchise cornerstone.

So without another moment's notice, let's take a look back at Houston's 2012 NBA draft decisions.

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