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NBA Mock Draft 2011: DraftExpress Mock 3.0 Lands Thompson For Rockets

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress has published his latest mock on Yahoo!, and it has some players going to the Rockets that don't fit neatly into the mold that we're used to seeing. Normally Houston targets at least one for-sure small forward in it's picks, whether it's Tobias Harris, Chris Singleton, or Tyler Honeycutt. According to Givony, however, the Rockets will wind up with Washington State guard Klay Thompson and USC center Nikola Vucevic.

14 Houston Rockets
Klay Thompson SG/SF
21 years old; 6'7"; 205 lbs
Washington State, junior

Standing just under 6-foot-6 without shoes, Thompson is big enough to play the small forward position, and is considered by some to be the best player available at this point.

23 Houston Rockets (From Orlando Magic)
Nikola Vucevic PF/C
20 years old; 7'0"; 260 lbs
USC, junior

The Rockets have undersized power forwards galore littering their roster, but the one thing they lack is a lengthy 7-footer with some girth. Enter Vucevic.

He's not a traditional banger but he's the best center available at this point. He comes with the added benefit of being able to space the floor for Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin to attack the rim or for Luis Scola to operate with his back to the basket.

Both of these picks make sense to some extent. Vucevic in particular has been an afterthought in mocks to this point, but size always seems to rise as the draft gets closer, and the Rockets have worked him out. I'm not as high on Thompson as I am on SIngleton or Harris, but I can see the logic behind the pick. 

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