Rockets take F Morris with 14th pick
Thursday, June 23, 2011
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have selected Kansas forward Marcus Morris with the 14th pick in the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-9 Morris was drafted immediately after his twin older brother, Markieff, was taken by Phoenix at No. 13. Marcus Morris averaged 17.2 points in 38 games for the Jayhawks in the 2010-11 season.
The Rockets missed the playoffs and ended up with the 14th overall pick for the second straight season. Houston also has the 23rd and 38th overall picks in the draft.
With Morris, Houston added some size with the future of Yao Ming in doubt. The top overall pick in 2002, the 7-foot-6 Yao has been plagued with foot and leg injuries in recent years, and played in only five games in the past two seasons.
The Rockets had three weeks to prepare for the draft since hiring Kevin McHale to replace Rick Adelman, who parted ways with the team after four seasons.