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NBA Draft 2017: Rockets mock draft roundup

Who do the top outlets think the Rockets will select at pick No. 43 and 45?

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The Houston Rockets don’t have a draft pick until the second round. Mock drafts rarely go through the entire 60 picks of the NBA Draft, even fewer are accurate in the second round.

But here a look at the mock drafts that included the second round:

Mock draft selections for Pick No. 43

Media Outlet Player Team/Position Notes
Media Outlet Player Team/Position Notes
NBA.com Wesley Iwundu Kansas State, Sr., SG Iwandu has a long-shot chance to make a roster because he does a lot of things well, although without doing anything at a particularly high level, and with the maturity that comes with four seasons of competition in a major conference and being 22 years old. Plus, good size for an athletic wing who is coming off a season of commendable improvements.
ESPN Sterling Brown SMU, Sr., G
SI Sterling Brown SMU, Sr., G The Rockets, in particular, can always use multitalented shooters, and Brown feels like a perfect fit. As second-rounders go, he feels like a safe bet to become a contributor somewhere.
CBS - Reid Forgrave Johnathan Motley Baylor, Jr., PF Still a mystery. Was a top-10 player of value in college last season, but there's enough good and bad here to make you think. Ultimately, that's why he's hovering in the 18-25 range. Motley isn't such a sure thing that he's going in the lottery. But if you pass on him, you could regret it. Smooth out his offensive skillset, he could turn into a 10-and-10 guy.
CBS - Gary Parrish Johnathan Motley Baylor, Jr., PF Still a mystery. Was a top-10 player of value in college last season, but there's enough good and bad here to make you think. Ultimately, that's why he's hovering in the 18-25 range. Motley isn't such a sure thing that he's going in the lottery. But if you pass on him, you could regret it. Smooth out his offensive skillset, he could turn into a 10-and-10 guy.
DraftExpress Mathia Lessort International, 21, F At 21-years old, Lessort is automatically eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft, and is in the midst of a very strong season, averaging 18.5 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.4 steals per-40 minutes. He ranks fourth overall in PER in the French League, and is also Top-10 in PER in the FIBA Europe Cup, where his team recently advanced to the semi-finals.
NBADraft.net Tyler Dorsey Oregon, So., G Dorsey ended his Oregon career on fire, leading the somewhat depleted Ducks all the way to the Final Four; The most concerning aspect of Dorsey’s game is his less than impressive physical tools for an NBA two-guard
Basketball Insiders Devin Robinson Florida, Jr., SF

Mock draft selections for Pick No. 45

Media Outlet Player Team/Position Notes
Media Outlet Player Team/Position Notes
NBA.com Mathias Lessort International, 21, F Lessort is a tweener even in the days of positionless basketball, without an offensive game outside the paint for power forward or the height to regularly get good matchups at center. That’s the problem. But he is nonstop energy, every opponent, whether in a game or practice, leaves knowing they have been in combat, and will scrap for baskets on put-backs and in transition. That’s the selling point. Maybe he develops into a dependable bench contributor.
ESPN Frank Mason III Kansas, Sr., PG
SI Frank Mason III Kansas, Sr., PG The experience and hard-working mentality Mason brings could have appeal for the Rockets. His shooting ability would allow him to play on or off the ball.
CBS - Reid Forgrave Edmond Sumner Xavier, So. PG Sumner's season ended in January when he tore his left ACL. Before the injury, he was projected as a first-round pick. ACL tears for guards aren't seen as big-time red flags anymore, not the way they were even a decade ago. But Sumner has not been able to work out. Without teams getting to see his physical capabilities so close to the draft, he's essentially losing millions of dollars and a guaranteed contract.
CBS - Gary Parrish Frank Mason III Kansas, Sr., PG Mason was the best player on a top 5 team in his senior season at KU, and there's something to be said about productive college players. Sometimes it doesn't translate, but guys like Ron Baker prove sometimes -- despite the odds being long -- finding a niche in the NBA after a productive college career is more than possible.
DraftExpress Frank Mason Kansas, Sr., PG The Petersburg, Virginia native thrived as the fearless and competitive leader of a Kansas program that ultimately fell short of its National Championship aspirations. Mason was a completely unheralded recruit out of Massanutten Military Academy, but after four years of winning basketball on the biggest stage in the country, he has worked himself firmly into the NBA Draft conversation. In a draft class that is overshadowed by one and done freshmen, Mason brings a unique winning pedigree and level of experience that most prospects these days don't have.
NBADraft.net Dwayne Bacon FSU, So. SG/SF Knows how to use his body for positioning ... Takes advantage of smaller defenders ... Attacks any perceived mismatches ... Bacon is a wiry and long guard that can get off the ground explosively ... Explosive leaper ... Is lightening quick in the open floor ... Active in all areas and can have an impact from anywhere on the court
Basketball Insiders Tony Bradley UNC, Fr., C

Of course, there isn’t a major trend over the eight mock drafts. Except for Sterling Brown from SMU and Baylor forward Johnathan Motley at No. 43. Frank Mason III from Kansas at No. 45.

DraftExpress profile of Sterling Brown:

The brother of former first round draft pick and nine-year NBA player Shannon Brown, Sterling Brown didn't hit his stride until his junior season. A part-time starter in his first two seasons at SMU, Sterling caught the eye of analytics mavens by shooting 54% from two and 45% from three as a two-way role player for the Mustangs over his four-year career. The Maywood, Illinois native is coming off a strong senior campaign, averaging 16.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per 40 minutes while knocking down 44.9% of his three-point attempts, right on par with his career average (284 attempts). Brown's productive senior season on an accomplished SMU team earned him a spot on the AAC All-Conference Second Team and an invitation to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

DraftExpress profile of Johnathan Motley:

After three successful seasons in Waco, Texas, Baylor redshirt junior Johnathan Motley declared for the 2017 NBA draft just weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Posting per 40 minute averages of 22.4 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on a 56.9% true shooting percentage while earning First-Team All-Conference honors in the Big 12 proved to be enough for the 22-year-old to make the NBA leap. Despite not being quite ready to compete in the 5-on-5 portion of the NBA Combine, Motley was measured and is now currently conducting workouts, where he's able to show teams his impressive physical profile.

DraftExpress profile of Frank Mason:

2017 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year, Frank Mason III, was one of the winningest players in the NCAA during his four-year run at the University of Kansas. After seeing limited minutes as a freshman playing behind Naadir Tharpe, Mason grabbed the reigns to the starting point guard spot and led Kansas to three consecutive Big 12 regular season titles, while posting an overall record of 90 wins and just 19 losses.