NBA Draft 2011: Rockets Work Out Morris Twins

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Rockets Host Kansas' Morris Twins In Pre-Draft Workout

Continuing their search to find some more muscle inside, the Rockets brought in both Marcus and Markieff Morris for some individual workouts. The twins were an instrumental part of the Jayhawks’ success over the past couple of seasons, and are likely to both go in the lottery. They talked with FOX 26’s Keith Calkins after the workout:

“Show them I’m a hard worker, versatile like everyone else knows, and I would love to be in Houston,” Marcus Morris told FOX 26 Sports, on what he hopes to show the Rockets in the individual workouts.

“Just be able to score the basketball more,” Markieff Morris told FOX 26. "I was a defender and a rebounder at Kansas and I’ll continue to do that in the league.

“They just want to see me go as hard as possible and want to see definitely if I’m in shape.”

The Morris twins have never not played on the same team. Never.

Right now the Rockets hold two first-round selections, the No. 14 and No. 23 picks. Maybe they keep this brother act together and draft them both.

“Yeah, I hope so,” Marcus Morris said. “But I don’t see either one of us falling that late.”

It’s incredibly doubtful that the Rockets would wind up with both of them, but there is a pretty decent chance that Houston would pick either of them if they were around at No. 14. The Rockets desperately need to add more youth to their frontcourt now to join Patrick Patterson, and one of the Morris twins could be the easiest way to do that if Houston stays at No. 14.


Report: Rockets Interested In Trade Up For Enes Kanter Or Kawhi Leonard

It didn’t take too long for our first concrete “Rockets are looking to trade up” rumor to start, and it happens to come to us from Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick this year. Take it away, Sam:

As was reported here on Thursday, Houston (14th, 23rd picks) is interested in moving up in the draft. The source with knowledge of the Rockets’ desires said they are hoping to do so to either nab Kanter or perhaps San Diego State small forward, Kawhi Leonard.

Enes Kanter would seem to fill a big need for the Rockets up front. I know some in the Rockets community don’t see him as a center, but plenty of big fours have played out-of-position at center throughout their careers, and Luis Scola isn’t getting any younger.

Leonard has a wide array of skills and could be a Gerald Wallace-type in the pros, depending on if he can develop a consistent shooting touch. If the Rockets were to deal for him, he’d likely have to redshirt most of his first year in the pros behind Courtney Lee and Chase Budinger.


2011 NBA Draft Order: Rockets Hold 14, 23, and 38

With the Draft Lottery taking place yesterday evening, the Rockets now have the luxury of knowing exactly where their picks in this draft are. Let me say: it sure would be nice if this was a better draft, because with three picks in the top 38, the Rockets would be poised to exploit it. As it stands now, Daryl Morey may not be able to get excellent value for these picks like he might in a different draft. I'm not putting it past him, but it's definitely more of a long shot. The most likely scenario involves a few of those picks changing hands as the Rockets look to trade up or trade for a veteran big man.

Houston dealt away it's second round pick this year, but received the Magic's first rounder in the Aaron Brooks-Goran Dragic trade and the Clippers' second rounder for Steve Novak. The Cavaliers and Jazz both won the lottery, moving up into the top three picks. 

Either way, here's the entire NBA Draft order:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers 
2. Minnesota Timberwolves
3. Utah Jazz 
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Toronto Raptors
6. Washington Wizards
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Charlotte Bobcats
10. Milwaukee Bucks
11. Golden State Warriors
12. Utah Jazz
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Houston Rockets
15. Indiana Pacers
16. Philadelphia 76ers
17. New York Knicks
18. Washington Wizards 
19. Charlotte Bobcats
20. Minnesota Timberwolves 
21. Portland Trail Blazers
22. Denver Nuggets
23. Houston Rockets
24. Oklahoma City Thunder
25. Boston Celtics
26. Dallas Mavericks
27. New Jersey Nets 
28. Chicago Bulls
29. San Antonio Spurs
30. Chicago Bulls

31. Miami Heat 
32. Cleveland Cavaliers
33. Detroit Pistons
34. Washington Wizards
35. Sacramento Kings
36. New Jersey Nets
37. Los Angeles Clippers
38. Houston Rockets
39. Charlotte Bobcats
40. Milwaukee Bucks
41. Los Angeles Lakers
42. Indiana Pacers
43. Chicago Bulls
44. Golden State Warriors
45. New Orleans Hornets
46. Los Angeles Lakers
47. Los Angeles Clippers
48. Atlanta Hawks
49. Memphis Grizzlies
50. Philadelphia 76ers
51. Portland Trail Blazers
52. Denver Nuggets
53. Orlando Magic
54. Cleveland Cavaliers
55. Boston Celtics
56. Los Angeles Lakers
57. Dallas Mavericks
58. Los Angeles Lakers
59. San Antonio Spurs
60. Sacramento Kings

For more NBA Draft news, check out SB Nation's NBA Draft hub.


2011 NBA Draft Order -- Rockets Pick Stays At No. 14 Overall

It's the biggest upset in the history of the NBA lottery! what I'd be saying if the Rockets had moved up. But instead, they'll stay put at No. 14 overall for the second straight year. The Rockets could not buck the 98.2% chance that they would stay at 14, and will now face adding a solid asset in the NBA Draft rather than an excellent one. The Cavaliers and Jazz both moved up into the top three with picks they acquired at the trade deadline from the Clippers and Nets.

Here's the entire lottery order:

14) Houston Rockets
13) Phoenix Suns
12) Utah Jazz
11) Golden State Warriors
10) Milwaukee Bucks
9) Charlotte Bobcats
8) Detroit Pistons
7) Sacramento Kings
6) Washington Wizards
5) Toronto Raptors
4) Cleveland Cavaliers
3) Utah Jazz
2) Minnesota Timberwolves
1) Cleveland Cavaliers

The Rockets will likely be targeting a big man with the pick. To that extent, look for the Rockets to wind up with one of the Morris twins out of Kansas, or perhaps one of the many international big men that could slide down a bit if they keep the pick. Someone like Dontatas Motiejunas or Lucas Noguiera could be in the cards if they select a center. If they don't pick a big man, it will likely be a small forward to compete with Courtney Lee and Chase Budinger for a wing spot. Perhaps someone like Florida State's Chris Singleton or Colorado's Alec Burks.

The Rockets could also use the pick in a trade--they have a ton of assets to move right now and could perhaps package the No. 14 pick in a trade up for Enes Kanter or a more established big man.


NBA Draft Lottery 2011: Houston Rockets Send Lowry To Represent Them

The Houston Rockets will be fighting against tough odds in tonight's NBA Draft Lottery drawing (6:30 PM CT, ESPN). With just a 1.8% chance of making the top three and a 0.5% chance of receiving the No. 1 overall pick, the Rockets are facing about the same odds in the lotto as they are that Hasheem Thabeet becomes a respectable NBA player. 

While that 1.8% chance isn't the likeliest event in the world, it has happened before. The Orlando Magic won the lottery as the best non-playoff team in 1993, with just a 1.5% chance, and they rolled that pick (Chris Webber) into a large trade package for Penny Hardaway. More recently, the odds of the Bulls moving into the top three to select MVP Derrick Rose were at just 1.7%. Lottery upsets do happen from time-to-time. 

The Rockets will be represented at the draft by Kyle Lowry. It's a natural fit, as the luckiest (only lucky?) thing they had happen to them all year was to watch Lowry blossom into an upper echelon lead guard. If they don't move up into the top three, they will be picking a No. 14 overall for the second straight year. Last year, they used the 14th overall pick to select forward Patrick Patterson out of Kentucky. 


NBA Draft Lottery 2011: Houston Rockets Look For Lotto Upset

Tomorrow night we will learn for sure if the Rockets will have one of the luckiest pulls in franchise history, or if they'll resign themselves to picking at the end of the lottery again. Houston will in all likelihood wind up with the 14th overall pick in this year's draft. The odds of them leaping up into the top three are 1.8%, and the odds of them getting up to the No. 1 overall pick would be an even slimmer 0.5%.

The Rockets will likely pick the best player available at fourteen, but their biggest need is in the post right now. Yao Ming's return is still questionable and the only other center with height on the roster, Hasheem Thabeet, is pretty well universally regarded as a bust. They have a host of decent players at the other four positions on the court. 

Should the Rockets move into the Top 3, they'd likely to move select Enes Kanter, who wasn't allowed to play at Kentucky last season because the NCAA is a completely asinine organization. Derrick Williams would also make some sense, especially as a package move to deal Luis Scola, who is by far the oldest player in the Rockets regular rotation, for a center.

The Rockets have had some lotto luck in the past: they moved up to the No. 1 overall pick (that they used to select Ming) in the 2002 NBA Draft. They had just an 8.9% chance of winning it that year.

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