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The Houston Rockets have the 34th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, and Rockets general manger Daryl Morey has done a fantastic job of making the most of 2nd round picks. Even though the Rockets are paying Jeremy Lin $8,374,646 next season, and Patrick Beverley $788,872, the point guard position is up for grabs. Though Lin was hurt in the postseason, he was clearly outplayed by Patrick Beverley, and the amount Lin is making also raises a eyebrow.
Here are three point guards the Rockets may select in this year’s draft that cost much less then what Lin is getting:
- Lorenzo Brown
Brown took a big jump from his freshman season to sophomore season thanks to helping North Carolina State to the Sweet Sixteen. His junior season wasn’t as successful as North Carolina State lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Brown is a physically gifted combo guard at 6’5, 190 who had 7.2 dimes as junior, (6th in NCAA) and 12.2 points per game. A good sign for any potential draft pick is having a HoopsMixTape.com video. Lorenzo also has a recent video showcasing his handles, and shooting prowess.
- Nate Wolters
Averaging 22 points per game in his senior season at South Dakota State showed Wolters scoring potential. He earned Summit League Player of the Year honors, while also adding 5.5 dimes, and 5.8 boards to his season average. At 6’4 Walters has the size to play point guard, but may not have the lateral quickness needed to stay in front of NBA guards. Walters is a late second round pick, but his ball-handling and perimeter shooting could become valuable off the bench.
- Myck Kabongo
Kabongo posted per-game averages of 14.6 points, five boards, 5.5 dimes, and two steals on 41.8 percent shooting for the Texas Longhorns in 11 games. Yes, he only played 11 games due to the NCAA making him ineligible to due an investigation into Myck receiving gifts. So to avoid that stress, and recieve gifts that are okay Kabongo declared for the Draft. He is 6’2 and 180, but has a definite upside. Exceptional handles, and ability to get the ball to open teamates is exactly what the Rockets need. Defensively, Kabongo also impresses, playing a cerebral, team-oriented style, showing good awareness and focus, constantly moving around off the ball, and being a very well-rounded, effective player.