With the NFL Draft starting Thursday evening, let’s take a look at five of the best late draft picks the Houston Rockets have chosen.
Although Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has made it known that he would rather not build through the draft, he’s actually proven to be a master at utilizing the draft picks. Even when the Rockets don’t have draft picks, it’s because they’ve used them to land superstars such as James Harden, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook,
But what many people don’t know about Morey is that he’s actually a master at scouting and preparing for the draft, which is important considering how the Rockets are drafting late every year. It’s obviously a good thing that they’re drafting late, because it goes to show how they’ve consistently been contenders, which is obviously better than having a higher draft pick.
On top of that, you never really know how the players will turn out, as we’ve seen numerous examples of “can’t miss” lottery picks turn into G-League players within a short timespan. We’ve also seen top prospects like Greg Oden and Brandon Roy forced to walk away due to injuries, which also can’t be predicted.
Regardless, we’ve seen Morey find gold in the later selections of the NBA Draft, and especially in the second round. With the NFL Draft set to start tonight, let’s take a look at several players the Rockets have drafted in the later stages of the draft who have turned into valuable picks.
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