Four mock drafts, four different players. This is what happens when you try to start a mock before the draft slot is settled. The Rockets will almost undoubtedly be picking 14th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, but because of the 0.5% chance they won't, most of these projections as of right now are more "draft slot" projections than "team" projections. Obviously Houston would most like to land a big man but it's unknown if they'll be able to do that.
SB Nation has mocked Kentucky Wildcats forward Terrence Jones to the Rockets, and here's what they have to say about it:
Jones is another solid prospect who could go a lot higher than this. The Rockets need to continue to build a base of talent, given the roster's uncertainty.
Oh c'mon Ziller! Not even a pithy shot about how the Rockets could corner the market on Kentucky forwards?
Here's who the other main mocks have going to the Rockets before the draft lottery is completed. They'll do the actual drawing on May 17th.
NBADraft.net: Klay Thompson, G, Washington St.
ESPN: Jordan Hamilton, G, Texas
DraftExpress: Markieff Morris, F, Kansas
You'd have to think of all these picks, one of the Morris twins would make the most sense for the Rockets. If they don't rise higher in the draft, that is.