Ever since Daryl Morey took over as general manager in Houston, the Rockets have been regarded as one of the top drafting squads in the NBA. Despite consistently going against consensus opinions on players, the Rockets have managed to add Aaron Brooks, Carl Landry, Chase Budinger, and Patrick Patterson into the fold over the last four years, helping to build a strong young team with cheap talent.
This year, with multiple picks in the first round and an early second rounder, the Rockets have yet another chance to make a splash and add some quality talent to a team that failed to reach the playoffs for the second season in a row this year. However, because of labor uncertainty, a number of top prospects such as Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes, and Perry Jones have dropped out of the draft, making this draft one of the weakest in recent memory.
While many are quick to label these picks useless because of the perceived lack of talent in this draft, if history is any indication, Morey will find a way to exact as much value as possible from each selection, likely coming away with a number of quality players.
There is also a very strong possibility that Morey moves up to pick a player he values more, as the Rockets' already crowded roster may not have room for three more players to come to training camp next year. Morey has reportedly tried to move up every year he has held the spot as general manager but if he is ever going to pull it off, this will likely be the year as he has multiple picks for the first time.
Without further ado, here are five prospects who would look very good in a Rockets uniform next year.