Appearing on 1560 with Lance Zierlein and John Granato, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey spoke to the quality of this year's NBA draft crop. Morey thinks that while this draft may not have the star-quality players at the top that teams typically see, there is still pretty decent depth in the draft:
"We've got three picks in the draft. There's quality players down to 40. It's not definite that we'll end up picking three guys, but if we do pick three guys, we can get two good players out of three...I think it's much better than people have been talking about. It does lack the LeBrons at the top of the draft, but in the range we're picking, the players are good down to the 40's."
The Rockets pick at No. 14 and No. 23, and while it's likely that they'll make some sort of trade with their picks at some point, these words may throw some water onto the idea that the Rockets will trade up. After all, why would you trade up if the quality isn't there? If Houston is unable to solve their big man issues in the draft, they'll likely stake out potential free agents like Nene Hilario, Marc Gasol (restricted), and Samuel Dalembert in free agency.