Houston Rockets All-time draft bust starting 5

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SG: Rodrick Rhodes

The Rockets needed an injection of youth by 1997. They won back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995, but in the 1996-1997 season, their top six scorers were all over 33 years old. Houston was led by three Hall of Famers, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, and Clyde Drexler, but they need some young talent to round out their roster.

The Rockets took a swing on Rodrick Rhodes with the 24th overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. He was 24 years old by his rookie season after playing five years of NCAA basketball split between Kentucky and USC. Rhodes averaged 14.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists as a senior along with shooting 37.0 percent from 3-point range. Houston was hoping he could fit right into the rotation and be a key piece moving forward.

Rhodes lasted just 61 games with the Rockets and just over one season. He averaged 5.8 points and 1.9 assists in 18.4 minutes per game as a rookie before playing just 14 more games in his NBA career. Houston traded Rhodes to Vancouver for Sam Mack in 1999.

He quickly transitioned into coaching at the college level, but Rhodes was a draft bust. The Rockets passed on Stephen Jackson, Jacque Vaughn, and Anthony Johnson to select Rhodes in 1997 with a pick the franchise wishes it could have back.