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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Houston Rockets Projected To Take North Carolina's Tyler Zeller

Chad Ford's latest NBA Mock Draft at ESPN has the Rockets making no surprising moves, and taking North Carolina big man Tyler Zeller with their 14th overall pick, but experimenting some with their 16th pick (if Houston decides to hang onto the pick) and going with St. John's small forward Moe Harkless.

Here's Ford's breakdown on Zeller, widely assumed to be Houston's top target:

Scouts don't think Zeller is going to be an All-Star someday, but he's big, he runs the floor very well and he has a great touch around the basket. Meyers Leonard has now passed him on our Big Board, but Zeller should ultimately land somewhere between Picks 8 and 14.

...and his justification for taking Harkless:

Harkless was another high riser at the draft combine. He is a great athlete, has toughness and has tremendous upside. The Rockets have generally played it safe in the draft the past few years. The upside is that they've gotten solid players. The downside is that they haven't necessarily gotten any elite talent. Harkless could be that guy. Moultrie is another real option for them here.

For more on the Houston Rockets and the 2012 NBA Draft, check out The Dream Shake and SB Nation's NBA page.

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