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Houston Rockets’ Draft History (2006-2015)

Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Houston Rockets have made 25 selections without yielding an All-Star.

The following table details the Rockets’ track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 0 0 0 0 0
6-10 0 0 0 0 0
11-15 3 0 0 0 0
16-20 4 0 0 0 1 (25%)
21-25 1 0 0 0 0
26-30 2 0 0 0 1 (50%)
31-40 8 0 0 1 (12.5%) 3 (37.5%)
41-50 4 0 0 0 3 (75%)
51-60 3 0 0 0 3 (100%)
Total 25 0 0 1 (4.0%) 11 (44.0%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

The Rockets have a lower than average track record finding starters in the draft, while also making more selections than most teams.

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: None

Starters: Chandler Parsons (2011-38)

Rotation Players: Steve Novak (2006-32), Aaron Brooks (2007-26), Carl Landry (2007-31), Chase Budinger (2009-44), Patrick Patterson (2010-14), Marcus Morris (2011-14), Donatas Motiejunas (2011-20), Jeremy Lamb (2012-12), Terrence Jones (2012-18), Isaiah Canaan (2013-34), Clint Capela (2014-25), Sam Dekker (2015-18), Montrezl Harrell (2015-32), Lamar Patterson (2014-48)

Out in Five Years or Less: Lior Eliyahu (2006-44), Brad Newley (2007-54), Donte Greene (2008-28), Joey Dorsey (2008-33), Maarty Leunen (2008-54), Jermaine Taylor (2009-32), Sergio Llull (2009-34), Royce White (2012-16), Kostas Papanikolaou (2012-48), Nick Johnson (2014-42), Alessandro Gentile (2014-53)

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