2014 NBA Draft: 5 Prospects the Houston Rockets Must Avoid

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Prospects the Houston Rockets Must Avoid

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The Houston Rockets will be an intriguing team to watch during free agency, but they must first focus on the 2014 NBA Draft. The Rockets hold the 25th and 42nd overall picks. Houston will look to add at least one piece who can contribute as a rotation player and provide depth to the roster. With this in mind, here are five players Houston should avoid.

5. Joe Harris, SF, Virginia

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5. Joe Harris, SF, Virginia

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Joe Harris is a polished offensive player who shoots a high-percentage from beyond the arc. While his shooting would help the Rockets, Harris lacks the athleticism to defend his position at the pro level. Moreover, Harris would struggle to keep up with the Houston's tempo. The Rockets played at the fifth fastest pace in the NBA last season. Houston would be better suited selecting a player who can make plays in transition.

4. Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse

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4. Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse

Jerami Grant, 2014 NBA Draft, Houston Rockets
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Jerami Grant is one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft. He is a phenomenal athlete who comes from great basketball bloodlines. However, Grant's lack of outside shooting touch would be problematic for the Rockets. Houston needs to surround Dwight Howard with shooters who spread the floor. Grant can develop into a solid pro, just not in Houston's system.

3. Jordan Clarkson, SG, Missouri

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3. Jordan Clarkson, SG, Missouri

Jordan Clarkson, 2014 NBA Draft, Houston Rockets
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Like Grant, Jordan Clarkson struggles to shoot from three-point range. Clarkson made just 28.1 percent of his three-point shots during his final season at Missouri. He is also a ball-dominant player who prefers to create off the dribble. Houston already has a handful of players who fill this role. He would have to adjust to playing away from the ball more.

2. Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA

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2. Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA

Jordan Adams, 2014 NBA Draft, Houston Rockets
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Jordan Adams has a chance to be on the board when the Rockets pick at No. 25. Even if he is available, Houston should avoid picking the UCLA guard. Adams is not a great athlete and he shows bad habits defensively. If Houston puts Adams and James Harden on the floor at the same time, the opposing team would score 200 points per game.

1. Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee

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1. Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee

Jarnell Stokes, 2014 NBA Draft, Houston Rockets
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Jarnell Stokes posted great numbers for Tennessee last season, averaging 15 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. While he is a very good prospect, Stokes does not fit what the Rockets need. He is a classic low post big who prefers catching the ball on the block. Houston would be better suited drafting a stretch-four who can space the floor.

 

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