Rockets: Where Jae’Sean Tate would be drafted in a 2018 draft do-over

Jae'Sean Tate #8 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Jae'Sean Tate #8 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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Jae’Sean Tate #8 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Jae’Sean Tate #8 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

Why Houston Rockets forward Jae’Sean Tate would go in the top 10

Based on the re-draft above, Tate has gone from an undrafted player when the draft was first held to a top-10 player from that year’s group of players.

Tate is a versatile forward who can play in the post, guard multiple positions, and has shown good passing abilities. Tate is averaging 10.4 points in his first year, 5.4 rebounds, and almost two assists a game, while shooting over 51 percent from the field.

The Houston Rockets rookie forward has also shown elite footwork in the paint.

https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/1375984744337444865?s=20

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, here is another clip of Tate showing off his fancy footwork.

Rookie's Footwork ? pic.twitter.com/NHvNsZZOIi

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 30, 2021

Considering Tate’s arsenal of post moves, it should come as no surprise that the Houston Rockets 25-year-old forward ranks top-20 in the entire NBA in layup field goal percentage.

Your most and least efficient players at layups this season (min. 100 attempts), per @Sportradar pic.twitter.com/6E5FtXe1tx

— Nekias (Nuh-KY-us) Duncan (@NekiasNBA) April 2, 2021

Tate, as mentioned earlier, has also improved as a facilitator.

? @o_tate_ pic.twitter.com/NKW2C5rQhs

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 3, 2021

Probably the best part of Tate’s well-rounded game is on the defensive end. Tate does a great job of moving his feet while being in a great position on practically every defensive play he is involved in.

.@o_tate_ doing it all tonight! pic.twitter.com/3k6uUMo8zJ

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 27, 2021

The Houston Rockets’ sensational rookie not only plays great positional defense but always gives maximum effort on both ends.

Even though his 3-point percentage still needs a little work, he is already a good, sometimes, elite defensive player who can score on any player in the league (centers included).

Tate is the type of player any team could use, whether they are in the rebuilding phase or are contending for a championship.

Despite going undrafted in 2018, Tate has shown that he would be a top-10 lottery pick if that draft were held today.

Next. Jae'Sean Tate proves he belongs

The one team that is glad that didn’t happen is the Houston Rockets.

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