DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 23: Forward Peja Stojakovic #16 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against the Utah Jazz at American Airlines Center on February 23 2011 in Dallas Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
History shows there won't be much available for the Rockets
When I started writing this article, it was with the idea of highlighting both the good and bad picks made over the last 20 years with the 14th and 16th overall picks. What I found was, there haven't been very many good picks at those two spots. Overall the best two picks at either spot were Peja Stojakovic in 1996 and Ron Artest in 1999; after that it's a who's who of who's that. Those two players are the only players taken at those spots since 1992 who have made an All-Star game (Artest once, Stojakovic 3 times). Most fans were already in agreement that the Rockets should use their assets to move up in the draft, but looking over this list definitely confirms that notion. There are rumors of the Rockets attempting to move up and get the 5th and 8th spots, whether or not that means they'll trade for Dwight Howard; I'm all for them trading up in this draft. If they don't trade up, I'm in favor of them trading back and trying to pick up an extra pick next year because unless they get lucky with someone slipping; there aren't many franchise players available. That's not to say the middle of the draft doesn't have talent, but it's full of role players; something they have in abundance. The only goal this off-season in the draft and in free-agency should be to find their next star.
Look at the list below, I'd challenge you to find 1 player you'd want to build your team around; not even Stojakovic or Artest are franchise players.
14th - William Avery (Minnesota Timberwolves)
16th - Ron Artest (Chicago Bulls)*
14th - Michael Dickerson (Houston Rockets)
16th - Bryce Drew (Houston Rockets)
14th - Predrag (Peja) Stojakovic (Sacramento Kings)***
16th - Tony Delk (Charlotte Hornets)
14th - Yinka Dare (New Jersey Nets)
16th - Clifford Rozier (Golden State Warriors)
14th - Scott Haskin (Indiana Pacers)
16th - Rex Walters (New Jersey Nets)
14th - Malik Sealy (Indiana Pacers)
16th - Randy Woods (LA Clippers)
* One All-Star Team Made
*** Three All-Star Teams Made
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