Just read this article about Fred VanVleet, and the following sentence made me think about the Rockets:
"But I think the better explanation is that the Raptors have been absolutely incredible at developing talent. Here’s a stunning fact: The Raptors do not have a single player on their roster who was selected in the lottery of the NBA draft."
As a Rockets fan, the thing that I find most disappointing about the Rockets as an organization is the inability to put home grown players on the court when things matter, deep into the playoffs. Of the 9 players that played in the awful home loss to the Durant-less Warriors, only one (Capela) was developed by the Rockets. When I look at the Warriors, Nuggets, Portland, the Bucks and the Raptors, they all lean heavily on home grown talent, many times lower picks that became meaningful players. And that's without mentioning the Spurs...
And to add insult to injury, many players who started their career in Houston and shipped out for "better commotidy" flourish elsewhere. I guess this is not a metric that Morey and the smart people he employs take into account. So it's about time they do. Otherwise we will continue to have "Free Agency 20xx" threads in this forum, and new faces will come and leave, but the result will remain the same.