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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: None Round 2: None

Draft History
2008: 2007: 2006: 2005:
25. Nicolas Batum 26. Aaron Brooks 8. Rudy Gay 24. Luther Head
* Draft rights traded

2008–2009 Record

  • 53-29, lost in Western Conference semifinals


  • 108.3 (15th)


  • 103.9 (4th)

Free Agents:

Areas of Strength:

Toughness of body and spirit, plus high skill level at key positions. Yao is a perennial All-Star and Brooks is on the fast track to being a top point guard.

Needs Work:

Training staff. Injuries can’t be planned, though one might think so in Houston. Every season gets sabotaged at some point by a major injury to a major star.

Two Stats That Matter:

  • 98.4 -- Regular-season scoring average, highest since 1999-2000
  • 50 -- Victory plateau reached for a franchise-best third straight sear

The Way To Go:

An exciting postseason run should be backed up by an exciting summer. Bringing back Artest and those designs carved into the side of his head is a no-brainer. He endeared himself to Houston’s fans, his teammates and responds to Rick Adelman. After securing Ron-Ron’s return, the Rockets need to get a backup center under 40. The franchise also needs to decide if McGrady, in the last year of his deal, is part of the longtime plan. T-Mac, making $22.5 million, may still be too difficult to move. Wafer, another free agent with upside, appears to have moved past his issues with Adelman. If he bolts, this team can always use another scorer on the wing. The front office isn’t afraid to pull the trigger on a major deal and Houston is a desirable spot for those looking to relocate. Any of the big names rumored to be on the move -- Richard Jefferson, Vince Carter, Chris Bosh -- would fit. Shawn Marion could be possibility

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