List of Houston Rockets first and second round draft picks

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Six-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming was drafted by the Rockets in 2002 with the first overall pick of the draft.

The Houston Rockets joined the NBA in 1967 as the San Diego Rockets, and moved to Houston in 1971, where they have been located ever since.

In the first four drafts the Rockets participated in, each team had a total of 90 draft choices (14 in 1967, and 19 each from 1968 to 1971). For two drafts in 1972 and 1973, there were eight rounds, and from 1974 to 1985, the draft was 10 rounds long.[1] However, in 1985, the draft was shortened to seven rounds, and in 1989, the NBA agreed with the National Basketball Players' Association to limit drafts to two rounds, an arrangement that has remained the same up the present time.[2] Before each draft, an NBA Draft Lottery determines the first round selection order for the teams that missed the playoffs during the prior season.[2] Teams can also trade their picks, which means that in some drafts teams may have more or less than two draft picks, although they must have at least one first-round pick every other year.[3]

In 1968, the Rockets selected Elvin Hayes, who became an eventual Hall of Famer and one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, with the first pick of the draft.[4] The Rockets again had the first pick of the draft in 1984, after winning a coin flip for the first pick against the Portland Trail Blazers, and they used it to select Hakeem Olajuwon, who later led the Rockets to two consecutive titles in the 1990s.[5] In 2003, the Rockets won the first pick of the 2003 NBA draft through the lottery, and they chose Yao Ming, who became a six-time All-Star[6] before his career was prematurely ended by chronic foot and ankle injuries.[7]

Key

Abbreviation Meaning
PG Point guard
SG Shooting guard
SF Small forward
PF Power forward
C Center
* Hall of Fame player

Selections

Draft Round Pick Player Nat Pos College/High School/Club
1967 1 7 Riley, PatPat Riley[n 1]  USA SG Kentucky
1967 2 18 Netolicky, BobBob Netolicky  USA PF Drake
1968 1 1 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes*  USA PF/C Houston
1968 2 15 Trapp, JohnJohn Trapp  USA SF Nevada Southern
1969 1 6 Smith, BingoBingo Smith  USA SG Tulsa
1969 2 21 Williams, BernieBernie Williams  USA SG La Salle
1970 1 2 Tomjanovich, RudyRudy Tomjanovich  USA SF/PF Michigan
1970 2 18 Murphy, CalvinCalvin Murphy*  USA PG Niagara
1971 1 7 Meely, CliffCliff Meely  USA PF/C Colorado
1971 2 24 Newlin, MikeMike Newlin  USA SG Utah
1972 2 20 Gianelli, JohnJohn Gianelli  USA PF/C Pacific
1973 1 6 Ratleff, EdEd Ratleff  USA SG/SF Long Beach State
1974 1 5 Jones, BobbyBobby Jones  USA SF North Carolina
1974 2 23 Bailey, GusGus Bailey  USA SG/SF UTEP
1975 1 11 Meriweather, JoeJoe Meriweather  USA C Southern Illinois
1975 2 29 Blanks, JimJim Blanks  USA SF/SG Gardner-Webb
1976 1 1 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas (from Atlanta)[a]  USA PG Maryland
1976 2 27 Hicks, PhilPhil Hicks  USA PF Tulane
1977 2 34 Moffett, LarryLarry Moffett (from Boston)[b]  USA PF UNLV
1977 2 40 Reid, RobertRobert Reid  USA PF St. Mary's (Texas)
1978 2 28 Matheney, BusterBuster Matheney (from Boston)[b]  USA PF Utah
1979 1 17 Johnson, LeeLee Johnson  USA C East Texas State
1979 2 42 Mokeski, PaulPaul Mokeski (from Seattle)[c]  USA C Kansas
1980 2 27 Stroud, JohnJohn Stroud (from New Jersey)[d]  USA PF Mississippi
1980 2 38 Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts  USA PF Oklahoma
1980 2 43 Williams, BillyBilly Williams (from Seattle)[c]  USA PF Clemson
1981 2 45 Turner, EdEd Turner (from Boston)[e]  USA SF Texas A&I
1982 1 16 Teagle, TerryTerry Teagle  USA SG Baylor
1982 2 42 Taylor, JeffJeff Taylor  USA SG Texas Tech
1983 1 1 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson*  USA C Virginia
1983 1 3 McCray, RodneyRodney McCray  USA SF Louisville
1984 1 1 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*  NGA C Houston
1985 1 19 Harris, SteveSteve Harris  USA SG Tulsa
1986 1 20 Johnson, BuckBuck Johnson  USA SF/PF Alabama
1986 2 43 Feitl, DaveDave Feitl  USA C UTEP
1987 2 35 Lee, DougDoug Lee  USA SG/SF Purdue
1988 1 16 Chievous, DerrickDerrick Chievous  USA SF Missouri
1990 1 12 Kessler, AlecAlec Kessler (traded to Miami)[f]  USA C Georgia
1991 1 20 Turner, JohnJohn Turner  USA PF Phillips
1991 2 47 Hughes, KeithKeith Hughes (traded to Cleveland)[g]  USA PF Rutgers
1991 2 51 Tabak, ZanZan Tabak (from Cleveland)[h]  CRO C Jugoplastika Split (Croatia)
1992 1 11 Horry, RobertRobert Horry  USA PF Alabama
1992 2 41 Jones, PopeyePopeye Jones  USA PF Murray State
1992 2 53 Blair, CurtisCurtis Blair  USA PF Richmond
1993 1 24 Cassell, SamSam Cassell  USA PG Florida State
1993 2 46 Petruska, RichardRichard Petruska  SVK PF UCLA
1993 2 50 Nicola, MarceloMarcelo Nicola  ARG PF Taugres (Spain)
1994 2 41 Burditt, AlbertAlbert Burditt  USA PF Texas
1995 2 41 Meek, ErikErik Meek (from Dallas)[i]  USA C Duke
1996 2 30 Harrington, OthellaOthella Harrington (from Vancouver)[j]  USA PF Georgetown
1996 2 42 Livingston, RandyRandy Livingston (from Vancouver)[j]  USA SG LSU
1996 2 50 Bell, TerrellTerrell Bell  USA PF Georgia
1997 1 24 Rhodes, RodrickRodrick Rhodes  USA SF USC
1997 2 29 Zwikker, SergeSerge Zwikker (from Vancouver)[j]  NLD C North Carolina
1998 1 14 Dickerson, MichaelMichael Dickerson  USA SG Arizona
1998 1 16 Drew, BryceBryce Drew  USA PG Valparaiso
1998 1 18 TurkcanMirsad Türkcan  TUR PF Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
1998 2 41 Mobley, CuttinoCuttino Mobley  USA SG Rhode Island
1999 1 22 Thomas, KennyKenny Thomas  USA PF New Mexico
1999 2 44 Washington, TyroneTyrone Washington (from Phoenix)[k]  USA PF Mississippi State
1999 2 50 Hamilton, VensonVenson Hamilton  USA PF Nebraska
2000 1 15 Przybilla, JoelJoel Przybilla (traded to Milwaukee)[l]  USA C Minnesota
2000 2 38 Najera, EduardoEduardo Najera (traded to Dallas)[m]  MEX SF Oklahoma
2001 1 13 Jefferson, RichardRichard Jefferson (traded to New Jersey)[n]  USA SF Arizona
2001 1 18 Collins, JasonJason Collins (from Orlando,[o]traded to New Jersey)[n]  USA C Stanford
2001 1 23 Armstrong, BrandonBrandon Armstrong (from Orlando,[o] traded to New Jersey)[n]  USA SG Pepperdine
2002 1 1 Yao Ming, Yao Ming*  CHN C Shanghai Sharks (China)
2002 1 15 Nachbar, BoštjanBoštjan Nachbar (from Toronto)[p]  SVN SF Benetton Treviso (Italy)
2002 2 37 Maddox, TitoTito Maddox (from Miami)[q]  USA PG Fresno State
2003 2 44 Badiane, MalickMalick Badiane  SEN C Deutsche Bank Skyliners (Germany)
2004 2 55 Flores, LuisLuis Flores  DOM PG Manhattan
2005 1 24 Head, LutherLuther Head  USA SG Illinois
2006 1 8 Gay, RudyRudy Gay (traded to Memphis)[r]  USA SF Connecticut
2006 2 32 Novak, SteveSteve Novak  USA PF Marquette
2007 1 26 Brooks, AaronAaron Brooks  USA PG Oregon
2007 2 31 Landry, CarlCarl Landry (from Seattle via Memphis)[s]  USA PF Purdue
2007 2 54 Newley, BradBrad Newley  AUS SG Townsville Crocodiles (Australia)
2008 1 25 Batum, NicolasNicolas Batum (traded to Portland)[u]  FRA SF Le Mans (France)
2008 2 33 Dorsey, JoeyJoey Dorsey (from Portland via Memphis)[u]  USA PF Memphis
2008 2 54 Leunen, MaartyMaarty Leunen  USA PF Oregon
2009 2 32 Taylor, JermaineJermaine Taylor (from Washington)[v]  USA SG UCF
2009 2 34 Llull, SergioSergio Llull (from Denver via Oklahoma City)[v]  ESP PG Real Madrid (Spain)
2009 2 44 Budinger, ChaseChase Budinger (from Detroit)[v]  USA SG/SF Arizona
2010 1 14 Patterson, PatrickPatrick Patterson  USA PF Kentucky
2011 1 14 Morris, MarcusMarcus Morris  USA PF Kansas
2011 1 23 Mirotić, NikolaNikola Mirotić[w]  ESP PF Real Madrid (Spain)
2011 2 38 Parsons, ChandlerChandler Parsons  USA SF Florida
2012 1 12 Lamb, JeremyJeremy Lamb  USA SG Connecticut
2012 1 16 White, RoyceRoyce White  USA PF Iowa State
2012 1 18 Jones, TerrenceTerrence Jones  USA PF Kentucky
2012 2 44 Aldemir, FurkanFurkan Aldemir (from Los Angeles Clippers)[x]  TUR SF/PF Galatasaray (Turkey)
2013 2 34 Canaan, IsaiahIsaiah Canaan (from Phoenix Suns)[y]  USA PG Murray State
2014 1 25 Capela, ClintClint Capela   CHE PF Élan Chalon (France)
2014 2 42 Johnson, NickNick Johnson (from New York Knicks)[z]  USA PG/SG Arizona
2015 1 18 Dekker, SamSam Dekker (from New Orleans)[aa]  USA SF Wisconsin
2015 2 32 Harrell, MontrezlMontrezl Harrell (from New York)[z]  USA PF Louisville
2016 2 37 Onuaku, ChinanuChinanu Onuaku (from New York via Portland and Sacramento)[ab]  USA PF/C Louisville
2016 2 43 Qi, ZhouZhou Qi  CHN C Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China)
  1. ^ Riley has been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a coach.

Footnotes

Citations

  1. ^ "Houston Rockets Draft Register". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Evolution of the Draft and Lottery". NBA.com. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  3. ^ "NBA Salary Cap FAQ". Larry Coon. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Elvin Hayes Bio". NBA.com. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  5. ^ "Hakeem Olajuwon Bio". NBA.com. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  6. ^ "Yao Ming Bio Page". NBA.com. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Yao tells packed press conference in Shanghai he is retiring from NBA". Time Inc. Associated Press. July 20, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 18. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  9. ^ a b "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 19. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  10. ^ a b c "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 20. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  11. ^ a b c "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 21. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  12. ^ a b "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 22. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  13. ^ "Rockets Deal Three to Get Griffin". NBA.com. June 27, 2001. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  14. ^ "Rockets, Magic Swap First-Round Picks". NBA.com. June 2, 2001. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  15. ^ "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 24. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  16. ^ "Rockets Draft Central 2002". NBA.com. 2002. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  17. ^ "Rockets acquire Battier in trade". NBA.com/rockets. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  18. ^ "Rockets draft Oregon's Brooks; pick up Landry in trade". ESPN.com. 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  19. ^ "Welcome Sign: Rockets hoping addition of Scola will help fill void at power forward". NBA.com. 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  20. ^ "NBA DRAFT: Rockets trade 1st pick Batum for Dorsey, Greene". Chron.com. 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  21. ^ "Shooters targeted: Rockets use second-round picks to select scorers Taylor, Budinger". Chron.com. 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  22. ^ "Rockets acquire point guard Jonny Flynn". ESPN.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  23. ^ "Lamar Odom traded to Clippers". ESPN.com. 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  24. ^ "Marcus Morris traded to Suns". ESPN. February 21, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Rockets Make Trades Official". NBA.com. July 11, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Rockets land Ariza & valuable first round pick". NBA.com. July 15, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Pelicans complete three-team trade with Rockets and Wizards". NBA.com. July 15, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Rockets Acquire Jason Terry and 2nd Round Picks". NBA.com. September 17, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 

References

  • "Rockets Draft History". NBA.com. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  • "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  • "Houston Rockets Draft Register". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
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