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Tuesday May 17, 2011 7:47 PM

Rockets Enter Draft In Familiar Position

2011 Draft Lottery hands Houston 14th overall pick for fourth time in franchise history

Jason Friedman

HOUSTON - The Rockets made great use of the No. 14 overall pick in the draft last year. Turns out they’ll be attempting to duplicate that feat this summer as well.

Houston was handed the 14th pick Tuesday evening during the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery in Secaucus, New Jersey. This marks the fourth time in franchise history that the Rockets have emerged with the last selection in the lottery.

The result was not a surprise, given the fact Houston entered the lottery process with the best record among non-playoff teams, giving them just a 1.82 percent chance of moving into the top-3.

Their draft position now set, the Rockets will attempt to replicate the success they had with the 14th overall selection a year ago, when the club selected University of Kentucky product Patrick Patterson. Patterson was actually the No. 6 player on Houston’s board heading into the draft, and the rookie forward justified their expectations in his initial NBA season, coming on strong during the second half of the year while posting season-long averages of 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

The 2011 NBA Draft will be held on June 23, 2011 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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