While the Rockets have outperformed preseason predictions, undoubtedly the players are disappointed they have landed in the lottery for the first time in four years.
Missing a dominant center for a whole year can put you in that position, but the team's general lack of consistency can also be to blame.
However, with a bad season comes hope. Hope of a great draft pick, of a resurgent Yao Ming, of a fruitful free agency period.
While the Rockets will likely draft too late to pick the league's next superstar, they can do almost as well with the 14th pick in this year's draft.
From Carlos Boozer, Manu Ginobili, and Michael Redd to Tony Parker, the list of successful players taken after the lottery is staggering. Certainly, the Rockets will be disappointed if they do not find a player they think can be a difference maker in this league.
Although they would like an athletic big man who can cover for Yao's defensive liabilities on the weak side, it will be important to select the best player available because restricted free agency rules after rookie contracts expire make it important to get a franchise player.
Thus, here are the players that can help the Rockets in their bid to go from a lottery team to a contender in one year.