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NBA Draft: Houston Rockets try to catch up with Thunder

Rockets stockpile three first-round picks with hopes of contending with OKC in the future.
By John Rohde Published: June 28, 2012

The Spurs did not have a first-round choice, having surrendered the No. 30 overall selection to the Golden State Warriors. San Antonio's lone pick was at No. 59, where it selected Missouri guard Marcus Denmon.

OKC disposed of the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Spurs to claim this season's conference crown.

*The Lakers (41-25) had only one pick, and that was the final pick of the draft, where they selected Gonzaga center Robert Sacre.

*Memphis (41-25) drafted Washington point guard Tony Wroten Jr. at No. 25.

*The Los Angeles Clippers (40-26) chose power forward Furkan Aldemir of Turkey at No. 53.

*Denver (38-28) selected shooting guard Even Fournier of France at No. 20, Baylor small forward Quincy Miller at No. 38 and power forward Izzet Turkyilmaz of Turkey at No. 50.

*Dallas (36-30) traded former Tulsa Victory Christian guard Kelenna Azubuike and the draft rights to North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, the No. 17 pick, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the rights to Oregon State shooting guard Jared Cunningham (No. 24), Florida State center Bernard James (No. 33) and small forward Marquette Jae Crowder (No. 34).

*Utah (36-30) chose Tennessee Tech small forward Kevin Murphy at No. 47.

*Portland (28-38) is coming off a season where it fired coach Nate McMillan on March 15, lost its last seven games of the season and finished eight games out of the playoffs. The Trail Blazers selected Weber State point guard Damian Lillard with the No. 6 pick and 7-foot-1 Illinois center Meyers Leonard at No. 11.

*New Orleans (21-45) endured an onslaught of injuries and transactions en route to the conference's worst record. An astounding 22 players saw action for the Hornets. Shooting guard Eric Gordon, the key component to the Chris Paul trade before the season began, played just nine games due to a bruised right knee that required minor surgery.