Complete list of Houston’s draft assets, protections through 2028

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As part of an ongoing rebuild, the Rockets have accumulated one of the NBA’s largest stockpiles of future draft considerations over the next seven years. Trades of prominent veteran players such as James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Robert Covington, and beyond have allowed Houston general manager Rafael Stone to quickly build up draft assets.

These picks could provide an infusion of youth to Houston’s roster, or they may ultimately become valuable trade commodities. Through 2028, here’s an year-by-year list of where the Rockets stand, as of June 2021. (The 2028 cutoff date is because NBA teams are only allowed to trade draft picks for the next seven years.)

2021

  • No. 2 in first round (own pick)

  • No. 23 in first round (from Portland)

  • No. 24 in first round (from Milwaukee)

2022

  • Houston first-round pick

  • First-round selection from Brooklyn OR Miami (top-14 protected), whichever is higher

  • Detroit first-round pick (protections are top 16 in 2022, top 18 in 2023 and 2024, top 13 in 2025, top 11 in 2026, and top 9 in 2027; becomes second-round pick if still unconveyed at that time)

2023

  • Houston OR Brooklyn first-round pick, whichever is higher

  • Milwaukee first-round selection

  • Washington first-round pick (protections are top 14 in 2023, top 12 in 2024, top 10 in 2025, and top 8 in 2026; becomes two second-round picks if still unconveyed at that time)

2024

  • Brooklyn first-round pick

  • Houston second-round selection

  • Golden State second-round pick, protected for selections 56-60 (anything higher and it conveys)

2025

  • First-round pick from Houston, Oklahoma City, OR Brooklyn (Oklahoma City can swap its 2025 1st for Houston’s first-round pick, top-10 protected; after that is decided, Houston can swap whatever pick it has for Brooklyn’s selection, if desired)

  • Houston second-round selection

2026

  • Brooklyn first-round pick

  • Houston second-round selection

2027

  • Houston OR Brooklyn first-round pick, whichever is higher

2028

  • Houston first-round pick

  • Houston second-round selection

Any of the above picks that does not contain a reference to protections or pick-swap rights is fully owned by the Rockets for that year.

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