2017 NBA Draft: Five Players That the Houston Rockets Should Draft

Mar 25, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Frank Mason (0) shoots over Oregon Ducks guard Casey Benson (2) during the first half in the finals of the Midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. Oregon defeated Kansas 74-60. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Frank Mason (0) shoots over Oregon Ducks guard Casey Benson (2) during the first half in the finals of the Midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. Oregon defeated Kansas 74-60. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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There are a few players that the Rockets should look into drafting in the second round.

The 2017 NBA Draft is almost upon us, and the Rockets have two second round selections. With the 43 and 45 picks in the draft, Houston needs to look hard to find talent to complement their offense. There are a few players projected to go in the second round that could work perfectly on the Rockets. The first player is a small forward from Oregon.

Dillon Brooks – Oregon

March 17, 2017; Sacramento, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Dillon Brooks (24) shoots the basketball during the first half in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament against the Iona Gaels at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Dillon Brooks from Oregon is one of the bigger names that is projected to go in the second round. He led his team all the way to the Final Four and was a dynamic scorer along the way. On the year, Brooks averaged 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. He also shot very well from beyond the arc, 40.4% with nearly 2 makes per game. His continued development from 3 is important if he is to be drafted by the Rockets.

At 6’6 and 220, he has decent size to play in the NBA. In the small ball offense of the Rockets, Brooks might be able to eventually play some power forward much like Sam Dekker did last season. There are some similarities between those two players and with the potential to lose Dekker through trades this summer, it might be a good idea to draft Dillon Brooks.

The best play of Dillon Brooks’s season came against then #2 in the country UCLA. With time running out, Brooks hit a 3 to win the game for the Ducks and stun the world. He hit another game winner later in the year against Cal to further prove that he has a clutch gene. Overall, he would be a great addition for the Rockets who need a backup small forward.

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