Ranking Houston Rockets' Most Realistic 2014 NBA Draft Picks

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Ranking Houston Rockets' Most Realistic 2014 NBA Draft Picks

The Houston Rockets fancied themselves a title contender heading into the 2013-14 season. They were wrong.

After being ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers, it became clear that the Rockets need help if they want to break through in the brutal Western Conference.

Luckily, even though they have the 25th pick in the draft, the 2014 class is strong enough that they could grab a meaningful piece with a late first-rounder.

Houston has multiple areas of need, which are clear based on who the team has met with.

According to Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops, the Rockets have already worked out UConn's Shabazz Napier, Florida's Patric Young, Denver's Chris Udofia, SMU's Nick Russell and Wichita State's Kadeem Coleby.

Still, only Napier and Young are realistic first-round picks, and it's important to consider other options for Houston.

The Rockets have long been praised for nailing late first- and second-round picks, so there is always plenty of pressure on Daryl Morey and company come draft time.

Let's take a look at seven of the most likely players to don Rockets red on draft day, starting with perhaps college's best point guard.


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