HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets selected French forward Nicolas Batum with the 25th pick in the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-8 Batum has played three seasons in the French ProA
league. He's averaging 12 points, five rebounds and 3.6 assists
this season with MSB Le Mans.
The 19-year-old Batum was a member of the Under-19 French
national team that took the bronze medal at the 2007 U-19
championships. Batum was named the Most Valuable Player when France
won the gold at the 2006 Under-18 European championships.
Houston went 55-27 last season, but lost to Utah in the first
round of the playoffs. The Rockets have lost their last seven
postseason series and haven't advanced out of the opening round
The Rockets also hold the 54th overall pick in Thursday's draft.