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Houston Rockets
(41-41, 4th in Midwest, 21 games back)
DRAFT PICKS: (14,16,18,41)

1998 Draft Order
Round Pick Name School Position
   1 14 Michael Dickerson Arizona 2G
   1 16 Bryce Drew Valparaiso PG
   1 18 Mirsad Turkcan Efes Pilsen, Turkey PF
   2 41 Cuttino Mobley Rhode Island 2G

Team Strengths
  • Offense
  • Experience
  • Team Statistics
      PPG FG% REBs TOs
    Rockets 98.8 (7th).452 (13th)40.7 (19th)15.8 (18th)
    Opponents 99.5 (24th).469 (23rd)41.1(13th)14.3 (22nd)
    Weaknesses
  • Old
  • Defensive Units
  • Three-Point Emphasis
  • Changes
  • Drexler Retired
  • Traded Kevin Willis To Toronto For Roy Rogers And Two First Rounders In '98 (16th and 18th)
  • Needs
  • New Backcourt/ Power Forward
  • Youth
  • Notes:
  • Rockets 40+ wins for 13th consecutive season
  • Led the league in 3-pointers attempted (1670) and were 2nd in trey's made (573)
  • Their defense ranked in the bottom third of the league in PPG (24th), FG% (23rd), 3-point FG% (21st) and steals (22nd)
  • Were only 13-33 vs teams .500 or better
  • A dismal 5-15 vs the top five teams in the West (Utah, Seattle, L.A. Lakers, Phoenix and San Antonio)
  • Games missed due to injury: Olajuwon (35), Barkley (14) and Drexler (12)
  • Mario Elie was hurt by the longer three-point distance as he shot .420 in '96-'97 and .291 last year
  • The Rockets' age showed as they dropped 10 of their last 15 and beat only one team (Indiana) with a winning record in their final 19 games
  • The Rockets were the only team to make the playoffs that posted a negative point differential (-0.8)
  • Olajuwon is signed through the 2002 season (USA Today)
  • Have three first round picks in this year's draft(14th, 16th and 18th)
  • First Round Draft Picks in the 90's
    1990 Alec Kessler, F, Georgia (12)
    1991 John Turner, F, Phillips (20)
    1992 Robert Horry, F, Alabama (11)
    1993 Sam Cassell, G, Florida State (24)
    1994 None
    1995 None
    1996 None
    1997 Rodrick Rhodes, G, USC (24th)
    Complete draft list over the years
    Players by Position
    Small Forwards Power Forwards Centers Point Guards Shooting Guards
    Rodrick Rhodes
    Matt Bullard
    Joe Stephens
    Charles Barkley
    Othella Harrington
    Roy Rogers
    Hakeem Olajuwon
    Serge Zwikker
    Matt Maloney
    Brent Price
    Emanuel Davis
    Mario Elie
    Eddie Johnson?
    Free Agents
    1998 1999 2000
    Charles Barkley
    Matt Bullard
    Eddie Johnson
    Mario Elie
    Emanuel Davis
    Matt Maloney
    Serge Zwikker
    Othella Harrington
    Joe Stephens
    Price (P-FA)
    Rogers
    Rhodes
     

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