The Houston Rockets' current focus may be on making a long postseason run, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't pay some attention to the future. The 2014 NBA Draft will be here before you know it and there are a few prospects that would be intriguing additions to the franchise.
As it stands, Houston is set up pretty well with a solid, young nucleus that includes Dwight Howard, James Harden and Chandler Parsons. The Rockets also have a couple rising stars in forward Terrence Jones and point guard Patrick Beverley. There are also guys like Robert Covington and Isaiah Canaan waiting in the wings as well.
Still, drafting well is key to a team maintaining prolonged success in the NBA. Since the Rockets will be theoretically near the bottom of the first round for the next few years, it is important that they continue to restock by finding steals late in the draft.
For as good as Houston is (44-21, as of Mar. 14, fourth-best in the Western Conference), they still have needs. First and foremost, the team could use someone that can defend on the perimeter. The team could also use a young big man that they could bring along slowly behind Howard and eventually replace Omer Asik as D12's backup.
Now, seeing as most (if not all) of these potential prospects are underclassmen, there's the issue of whether or not they'll actually declare for this June's draft. Assuming they do, they should be on Houston's radar.
The Rockets should be picking at the bottom of the first round. They also own the New York Knicks' second-round pick. These prospects will be candidates for either of those spots.
As always, reader participation is encouraged. So, if you have someone in mind that you would like to see donning the red and white next season, feel free to make your case for him in the comments section.