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, from 1974 to 1976 and 1978 to 1984, 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 2002, the Rockets won the first pick of the 2002 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 Pat Riley[n 1]  USA SG Kentucky
1967 2 18 Bob Netolicky  USA PF Drake
1968 1 1 Elvin Hayes*  USA PF/C Houston
1968 2 15 John Trapp  USA SF Nevada Southern
1969 1 6 Bingo Smith  USA SG Tulsa
1969 2 21 Bernie Williams  USA SG La Salle
1970 1 2 Rudy Tomjanovich  USA SF/PF Michigan
1970 2 18 Calvin Murphy*  USA PG Niagara
1971 1 7 Cliff Meely  USA PF/C Colorado
1971 2 24 Mike Newlin  USA SG Utah
1972 2 20 John Gianelli  USA PF/C Pacific
1973 1 6 Ed Ratleff  USA SG/SF Long Beach State
1974 1 5 Bobby Jones  USA SF North Carolina
1974 2 23 Gus Bailey  USA SG/SF UTEP
1975 1 11 Joe Meriweather  USA C Southern Illinois
1975 2 29 Jim Blanks  USA SF/SG Gardner–Webb
1976 1 1 John Lucas (from Atlanta)[a]  USA PG Maryland
1976 2 27 Phil Hicks  USA PF Tulane
1977 2 34 Larry Moffett (from Boston)[b]  USA PF UNLV
1977 2 40 Robert Reid  USA PF St. Mary's (Texas)
1978 2 28 Buster Matheney (from Boston)[b]  USA PF Utah
1979 1 17 Lee Johnson  USA C East Texas State
1979 2 42 Paul Mokeski (from Seattle)[c]  USA C Kansas
1980 2 27 John Stroud (from New Jersey)[d]  USA PF Mississippi
1980 2 38 Terry Stotts  USA PF Oklahoma
1980 2 43 Billy Williams (from Seattle)[c]  USA PF Clemson
1981 2 45 Ed Turner (from Boston)[e]  USA SF Texas A&I
1982 1 16 Terry Teagle  USA SG Baylor
1982 2 42 Jeff Taylor  USA SG Texas Tech
1983 1 1 Ralph Sampson*  USA C Virginia
1983 1 3 Rodney McCray  USA SF Louisville
1984 1 1 Hakeem Olajuwon*  NGA C Houston
1985 1 19 Steve Harris  USA SG Tulsa
1986 1 20 Buck Johnson  USA SF/PF Alabama
1986 2 43 Dave Feitl  USA C UTEP
1987 2 35 Doug Lee  USA SG/SF Purdue
1988 1 16 Derrick Chievous  USA SF Missouri
1990 1 12 Alec Kessler (traded to Miami)[f]  USA C Georgia
1991 1 20 John Turner  USA PF Phillips
1991 2 47 Keith Hughes (traded to Cleveland)[g]  USA PF Rutgers
1991 2 51 Zan Tabak (from Cleveland)[h]  CRO C Jugoplastika Split (Croatia)
1992 1 11 Robert Horry  USA PF Alabama
1992 2 41 Popeye Jones  USA PF Murray State
1992 2 53 Curtis Blair  USA PF Richmond
1993 1 24 Sam Cassell  USA PG Florida State
1993 2 46 Richard Petruska  SVK PF UCLA
1993 2 50 Marcelo Nicola  ARG PF Taugres (Spain)
1994 2 41 Albert Burditt  USA PF Texas
1995 2 41 Erik Meek (from Dallas)[i]  USA C Duke
1996 2 30 Othella Harrington (from Vancouver)[j]  USA PF Georgetown
1996 2 42 Randy Livingston (from Vancouver)[j]  USA SG LSU
1996 2 50 Terrell Bell  USA PF Georgia
1997 1 24 Rodrick Rhodes  USA SF USC
1997 2 29 Serge Zwikker (from Vancouver)[j]  NED C North Carolina
1998 1 14 Michael Dickerson  USA SG Arizona
1998 1 16 Bryce Drew  USA PG Valparaiso
1998 1 18 Mirsad Türkcan  TUR PF Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
1998 2 41 Cuttino Mobley  USA SG Rhode Island
1999 1 22 Kenny Thomas  USA PF New Mexico
1999 2 44 Tyrone Washington (from Phoenix)[k]  USA PF Mississippi State
1999 2 50 Venson Hamilton  USA PF Nebraska
2000 1 9 Joel Przybilla (traded to Milwaukee)[l]  USA C Minnesota
2000 2 38 Eduardo Najera (traded to Dallas)[m]  MEX SF Oklahoma
2001 1 13 Richard Jefferson (traded to New Jersey)[n]  USA SF Arizona
2001 1 18 Jason Collins (from Orlando,[o]traded to New Jersey)[n]  USA C Stanford
2001 1 23 Brandon Armstrong (from Orlando,[o] traded to New Jersey)[n]  USA SG Pepperdine
2002 1 1 Yao Ming*  CHN C Shanghai Sharks (China)
2002 1 15 Boštjan Nachbar (from Toronto)[p]  SVN SF Benetton Treviso (Italy)
2002 2 37 Tito Maddox (from Miami)[q]  USA PG Fresno State
2003 2 44 Malick Badiane  SEN C Deutsche Bank Skyliners (Germany)
2004 2 55 Luis Flores  DOM PG Manhattan
2005 1 24 Luther Head  USA SG Illinois
2006 1 8 Rudy Gay (traded to Memphis)[r]  USA SF Connecticut
2006 2 32 Steve Novak  USA PF Marquette
2007 1 26 Aaron Brooks  USA PG Oregon
2007 2 31 Carl Landry (from Seattle via Memphis)[s]  USA PF Purdue
2007 2 54 Brad Newley  AUS SG Townsville Crocodiles (Australia)
2008 1 25 Nicolas Batum (traded to Portland)[u]  FRA SF Le Mans (France)
2008 2 33 Joey Dorsey (from Portland via Memphis)[u]  USA PF Memphis
2008 2 54 Maarty Leunen  USA PF Oregon
2009 2 32 Jermaine Taylor (from Washington)[v]  USA SG UCF
2009 2 34 Sergio Llull (from Denver via Oklahoma City)[v]  ESP PG Real Madrid (Spain)
2009 2 44 Chase Budinger (from Detroit)[v]  USA SG/SF Arizona
2010 1 14 Patrick Patterson  USA PF Kentucky
2011 1 14 Marcus Morris  USA PF Kansas
2011 1 23 Nikola Mirotić[w]  ESP PF Real Madrid (Spain)
2011 2 38 Chandler Parsons  USA SF Florida
2012 1 12 Jeremy Lamb  USA SG Connecticut
2012 1 16 Royce White  USA PF Iowa State
2012 1 18 Terrence Jones  USA PF Kentucky
2012 2 44 Furkan Aldemir (from Los Angeles Clippers)[x]  TUR SF/PF Galatasaray (Turkey)
2013 2 34 Isaiah Canaan (from Phoenix Suns)[y]  USA PG Murray State
2014 1 25 Clint Capela   SUI PF Élan Chalon (France)
2014 2 42 Nick Johnson (from New York Knicks)[z]  USA PG/SG Arizona
2015 1 18 Sam Dekker (from New Orleans)[aa]  USA SF Wisconsin
2015 2 32 Montrezl Harrell (from New York)[z]  USA PF Louisville
2016 2 37 Chinanu Onuaku (from New York via Portland and Sacramento)[ab]  USA PF/C Louisville
2016 2 43 Zhou Qi  CHN C Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China)
2017 2 43 Isaiah Hartenstein (from Denver)[ac]  GER PF/C Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
2017 2 45 Dillon Brooks (from Portland,[ad] traded to Memphis)[ae]  CAN SF Oregon
2018 2 46 De'Anthony Melton (from Miami via Memphis)[af]  USA SG USC
  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. Archived from the original on 2010-07-22. 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  9. ^ a b "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 19. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  10. ^ a b c "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  11. ^ a b c "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  12. ^ a b "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 22. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-28. 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-28. 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. 
  29. ^ "Rockets Acquire Ty Lawson and Second-Round Pick from Denver". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Blazers sign Wright, trade for Lopez, Robinson". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 10, 2013. 
  31. ^ a b "Grizzlies acquire draft rights to Ivan Rabb and Dillon Brooks". NBA.com. June 22, 2017. 
  32. ^ "Hornets Acquire Lee from Memphis in 3-Team Trade". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 16, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2018. 

References

  • "Rockets Draft History". NBA.com. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  • "2003–04 Houston Rockets Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  • "Houston Rockets Draft Register". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 

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