With no pick this season, the Houston Rockets are currently spectators in all the NBA Draft talk that’s been happening. Should they move into the second round (or higher) or just sit this one out?
The NBA Draft Lottery special was last night and pretty much the whole world is buzzing about Zion Williamson. The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, are completely out of the picture as they have no picks in either round of the draft this offseason.
The Cleveland Cavaliers got the first rounder of the Rockets in the trade for Iman Shumpert while the Knicks have the second rounder from all the way back in 2015 when they traded Pablo Prigioni to Houston.
Not having a pick is tough, as I really enjoy getting into the potential sleepers in each draft class. Should the Rockets trade into the second round or just let the 60 picks go on by and test the undrafted free agent market?
Why they shouldn’t trade in
Personally, I think the Rockets should just sit this one out. This is a pretty weak draft class, aside from the top 2-3 picks. Unlike last year, which was pretty deep, there just isn’t as much talent in the 2019 class.
The Rockets were able to pick up undrafted free agent Gary Clark last offseason who will likely fit into the rotation at some point in the near future for the Rockets. They have shown the ability to get these guys that weren’t selected. That’s another reason why Houston should hold back and not worry about trading in.
Another option is normally to buy a pick from somebody in the second round. The Rockets, though, don’t have a ton of money for that, so it really isn’t a realistic option.
The Rockets need to improve via the trade and free agency market. Getting a pick in a weak draft class while potential sacrificing some funds to do so just doesn’t seem like the right move to me. As much as I love to the draft, the Rockets should hold tight and look at some other options.