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2012 NBA Draft: Houston Rockets Trying To Trade Up

According to the latest reports from SI.com's Sam Amick, the Houston Rockets are trying to shake up the draft by packaging their picks at No. 14 and No. 16 to move up.

While Amick has them taking UNC big man John Henson and Baylor forward Perry Jones III, the Rockets may not be totally satisfied with their choices in the middle of the first round:

The Rockets are looking to use their two picks to move up as well, according to sources.

It's still unclear as to who Houston would be targeting, besides the rather nebulous description of "a star" that they've been coveting since Yao Ming's retirement. Conventional wisdom would suggest that Houston has a much better chance of finding a top player the higher they go in the lottery, but that may not be the case this year.

After Anthony Davis, seen as the consensus No. 1, the second tier is made up of four players (Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal and Thomas Robinson) who will likely go in the top 5. Beyond that, there's a wide range of opinions over who would make up the third tier, which could encompass 10-12 players taken between 6-18.

Houston couldn't get into the top 5 with their picks, so their must be some player they've targeted who they don't think will fall to their selections at the end of the lottery.

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