Jae’Sean Tate, by no fault of his own, has had to take the long route to the NBA. Following the steps of former Houston Rockets players like Mario Elie, Patrick Beverley, and P.J. Tucker, the Rockets rookie went undrafted and played overseas before making it to the NBA.
Despite being named Second-Team All-Big Ten in his final season at Ohio State, Tate was not drafted in the 2018 draft. There were 60 players drafted that year, and Tate was not amongst them.
Tate played in Belgium that year before making his way to Australia, where he met current Rockets assistant Will Weaver, who was the head coach of the Sydney Kings.
Where Houston Rockets rookie Jae’Sean Tate would have gone in the 2018 NBA Draft
2018 was a stacked draft with players like Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous- Alexander, and Deandre Ayton, but Tate has shown this year that he not only belongs in that draft but should have at the very least been a lottery pick.
So the question is if the 2018 draft was held today, where would Tate land in that draft? Let’s look back at the 2018 draft and if Tate would have been one of the first names called that night.
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