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NBA Mock Draft 2011: Rockets Select Jan Vesely At No. 14

We're up to the No. 14 in the SB Nation 2011 NBA Mock Draft. The Dream Shake, our Houston Rockets blog, uses the pick to select Jan Vesely, a Czech forward prospect. The Shake's Tom Martin explains the pick.

The Rockets enter the draft with three picks. They would prefer to take home at least one big body, but they won't be dismayed should they decide to use their first pick on a talented wing player. Despite Chase Budinger's improvement over the course of last season, Houston should be looking to add more talent to its small forward crop, most notably on the defensive end.

Enter Vesely. He's a tall and incredibly athletic wing player who can rotate between the three and the four depending on his future situation. Many see him as a young Andrei Kirilenko. Vesely may not be the defensive stalwart that Kirilenko was in his younger years, yet based on his physical tools alone, it's difficult to squash his potential to eventually become a game-changing defender. There is still plenty of work to be done to mold Vesely into a successful pro, but at No. 14, he is great value for Houston. They'll be satisfied should this scenario somehow play out.

 

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