2014 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting the Houston Rockets' Picks

By Chris Loud
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Let’s be honest, the Houston Rockets under performed this year, despite being in a tough Western Conference. Hopefully they can move in the right direction with a smart 2014 NBA Draft. I’m not saying they should have beat the San Antonio Spurs or even the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2014 NBA playoffs, but with a few key players producing, they really have the core pieces to go up against these dominant teams in the West in 2015.

What they need is scoring and depth. A power forward who can play both ends of the floor couldn’t hurt. If you find a true point guard who can score, you bring guys like Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley off the bench, and make James Harden a true shooting guard. The Rockets need a scoring slasher on the wing to back up Chandler Parsons, to spark some points of the bench would be nice and some defense from the power small forward or power forward position.

Here are the guys I think the Rockets will grab in the 2014 NBA Draft.

With their first-round pick, the Rockets will go for scoring. Having the 25th pick, they’ll likely be thinking someone who will come off the bench and produce right away, and maybe eventually be a starter. Shabazz Napier as the 25th pick in the 2014 NBA draft for the Rockets would be a steal. He’s both a scorer, and a true point guard with a competitive attitude, winning experience and good court vision. You’re getting a lot with Napier, and the Rockets could fill multiple holes with one guy.

In the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, the Rockets need to get some more defense and depth on the wings. James Michael McAdoo has a high ceiling athletically and the pedigree to be great. He can help on rebounding and defense, and create matchup issues at small forward, or even power forward. Potential wise, he’s actually a second-round steal.

Chris Loud is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @cfloud, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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