Houston Rockets: Options at guard for the 2018 NBA Draft
Depending on who you talk to, Devonte’ Graham is a player that could go anywhere from the late first round to the late second round in this year’s draft. He is a dynamic four-year player that just finished a great career for the Kansas Jayhawks.
Graham is a very skilled player that could be NBA ready. While he doesn’t have the maximum potential of some of the top-tier players, he arguably would be a first-round pick in other draft years.
Devonte’ Graham is a great shooter. As an organization that values shooting and creating your own shot, he could be a perfect fit for the Rockets. Over his four years at Kansas, Graham shot 41% from downtown on an average of 5 attempts per game. Coach Bill Self allowed him to shoot and he delivered.
Graham is also a very talented passer. He could instantly be a backup point guard in the league, especially with Houston. DG averaged 7.2 assists a game last season for the Jayhawks. He may not need to be all the time due to CP3 and/or Harden being on the floor at all times, but the ability certainly helps.
The main con of Graham is his isolation issues. He is not a great finisher at the rim. The Rockets run quite a bit of isolation, so that could become a problem for the team if they want him to do the same. Still, he can run some offense and hit open 3s, so that is where his value will mainly lie.
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