Houston Rockets: 3 Prospects to target in the 2nd round of the NBA Draft

The first round draft board is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
The first round draft board is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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Kenyon Martin Jr. #6 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

What if I told you the Houston Rockets have four picks in this year’s draft? It could happen if the Rockets repeat last year’s draft strategy where they purchased the Pistons’ second-round pick via the Lakers.

I am sure you are thinking, who cares about the second round? The Rockets already have three picks in the first round., but what if I told you that the fourth player could be this year’s version of Kenyon Martin Jr. Would that perk your interest?

Kenyon Martin Jr. was acquired from the Sacramento Kings for cash consideration and the Lakers’ second-round pick. Even though Martin Jr. tested well before the draft, he was still on the board late into the second round.

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Rafael Stone and Rockets saw the potential in the 6 ft 7 inch forward who, of course, is the son of former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin Sr. Martin Jr would not only go on to have a productive year he turned into the steal of the second round by outperforming every other player drafted in last year’s second round.

The Houston Rockets could look to add a 2nd round pick in the NBA Draft

This year just like last year, the Rockets are going into the draft without a second-round pick. However, there is a big difference between this year’s draft compared to last’s, the Rockets have three first-round picks, opposed to one.

Even with three picks, the Rockets may decide to roll the dice again this draft by acquiring a second-round pick. Here are three prospects the Rockets should draft if they acquire a second-round pick this year.