Where do the Rockets pick in the draft this year?
The offseason is fast upon us and it is close to time for the 2017 NBA draft. This always exciting event is next Thursday and there is plenty to discuss from now until then. First things first, where do the Rockets even pick this year? Due to the trade for Lou Williams, Houston does not own their first round pick in this draft. The Los Angeles Lakers have our pick and will select 28th after the Rockets finished with the third-best record in the league. Houston does, however, own two second round picks this year. These selections will be numbers 43 and 45. Neither of these picks were originally in possession of the Rockets, though, with the 43rd pick coming from Denver and the 45th pick coming from Portland.
What do these picks mean for the Rockets?
Just because the Rockets do not own a first round pick this year does not mean that the draft will not be exciting. With Daryl Morey and the rest of the front office for Houston, anything can happen come the night of the draft. Maybe the two picks will be included in a package for a first round pick (or a player). Maybe Morey finds another way to sneak into the first round. Or maybe the players that we pick in the second round turn out to be diamonds in the rough. The Rockets have found talent in the second round before such as Montrezl Harrell and Chandler Parsons, why can’t they do it again? Other players such as Paul Millsap and Manu Ginobili are other active players that were fantastic second round selections. Be on the lookout for the Rockets to be active in the 2017 NBA Draft.