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Yao Ming: New Rockets Center

Yao Ming: New Rockets Center
As expected, the Rockets took Yao with the top pick in the 2002 NBA Draft

What a historic night it was. 300+ in the chat room watched as the Rockets chose Yao Ming with the top pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, nabbed sweet shooting small forward Bostjan Nachbar from the Italian league with the 15th pick and scooped up talented point guard Tito Maddox out of Fresno State with the #38. Said Rockets GM Carroll Dawson after the draft on Yao, "His size and athletic ability [make him so special]. He's much more like a 6-foot-5 player. He understands the game. He can pass. He can shoot. And as Moochie [Norris] and Cuttino [Mobley] say, 'it looks like he can set a good pick'." Clutch gives his full draft report, saying fans should be excited as the Rockets pulled off an amazing draft. Latest Rockets Draft News

  • July 11: Rockets Sign Nachbar to Rookie Pact
  • July 2: Yao Adds 27 More As China Beats Yugoslavia
  • July 1: Ming Scores 26 In Loss To Italy
  • June 30: Cebrero: New Yao Ming-Rockets Wallpaper
  • June 27: Nachbar Just Thrilled to Be In Houston
  • June 27: It's Madness! New NBA Draft God Crowned
  • June 26: Yao, Agents Reach Agreement with CBA
  • June 25: Wang Situation A Problem For CBA
  • June 25: Draft Day Eve: Still Awaiting Word on Yao
  • June 24: More Yao Ming Video Footage
  • June 24: Snag Hits Ming-China Talks?
  • June 23: Nachbar has solid workout for Rockets
  • June 22: Yao, Sharks Set To Announce Agreement
  • June 21: Yao Ming will not attend draft
  • June 20: Workouts: Rockets To Observe Nachbar

    NBA DRAFT COVERAGE - 2000 | 2001 | Current Season  |  ARCHIVED NEWS  |  NBA DRAFT FORUM

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  • Previous Draft Recaps
  • 2001: It's Real: Rockets acquire Griffin, Morris
    JUNE 28, 2001: The Rockets peddle three first-rounders for Eddie Griffin, acquire Terence Morris.
  • 2000: Rockets trade for Collier, Langhi
    JUNE 29, 2000: Yet another stunner as Rockets deal, come away with Jason Collier and Dan Langhi.
  • 1999: Tale of Three Big Men
    JULY 9, 1999: Rockets shock again, take Kenny Thomas in first round.
  • 1998: Rockets surprise fans with picks
    JUNE 24, 1998: Rockets select Michael Dickerson, Bryce Drew and Mirsad Turkcan and Cuttino Mobley in the second round -- pass on Rashard Lewis.
  • 1997: Power Outage, then Serge
    JUNE 26, 1997: Rockets shock everyone, select Rodrick Rhodes, take Serge Zwikker with first pick of second round.