The Rockets passed on all options to take a center in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, despite having three first round picks with a handful of big guys available. Instead, they took Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terence Jones.
A lot of fans are wondering why Houston didn't take Tyler Zeller, or at least someone closer to 7-feet tall. The answer is the Rockets believe in taking best available players in drafts as opposed to necessarily filling a specific need at a position.
Jonathan Feigen addressed this point during his post-draft live chat on Friday afternoon:
They liked Zeller. They loved the guys they got. They strongly believe it is wiser to take the better player than the better fit. Fit changes, usually several times before a young player develops.
Rumor has it that Houston will target Omer Asik in free agency and possibly look to keep Marcus Camby around.
Daryl Morey said centers targeted in free agency. Translation : Omer Asik,Marcus Camby.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) June 29, 2012