6. Jalen Green
The Rockets' second-overall pick from the 2021 draft is still making progress. He has frustrated Rockets fans with his inconsistency and has been one of the bigger disappointments for this team this season, but the blueprint for success is still there for him.
Green has the skill and athletic ability to be an efficient scorer and solid all-around player. There is still reason to believe he can live up to his potential with the right coaching and a little patience.
5. Cam Whitmore
The NBA world remembers when Cam Whitmore inexplicably fell and fell in the 2023 draft, until the Rockets finally scooped him up with the 20th overall pick. He has certainly made his fair share of what can be classified as "rookie" mistakes, but it is easy to see the blueprint for his success in the long-term.
Whitmore is as efficient a scorer as they come. Through 13 NBA games as a first-year player, he is putting up shooting averages of 53/42/67%. As he improves at other aspects of the game and his shooting volume increases over time, he has the potential to be a starter down the road.
4. Tari Eason
Playing in just his second season as a pro after being selected in the first round in 2022, Tari Eason has already shown just how valuable he is to this organization with his versatility.
Houston's defense has been significantly better with him on the floor, and he has the instincts and basketball know-how to make tons of winning plays. Drafted 17th overall, Eason has already shown how much of a steal he was, and he will continue to be one of the Rockets' most valuable players.