Houston Rockets need #2: Versatile Front Court Help
After the emergence of Christian Wood, the Houston Rockets seem to have their center for the future. However, one of the few weaknesses in Christian Wood’s game is his lack of strength, particularly against the other stronger big men in the league.
In order to mitigate this, the Rockets could look to take a big man early in the draft, namely Evan Mobley. Mobley not only projects to become a stout paint defender, he also provides versatility both on the offensive and defensive end.
On offense, Mobley can play both down low, and on the perimeter. This will compliment Wood’s game tremendously, putting two offensively versatile big men on the floor at one time.
Defensively, once Mobley grows more into his body, he will be able to take some of the pressure off of Wood as a low-post rim protector. Beyond the synergy that these two players could present, there is another latent benefit to prioritizing a talented young front court player in the draft.
As mentioned before, Mobley will need time to grow into his body, as many young centers do in the NBA. But given the luxury of an already established Christian Wood, Mobley will be able to take his time developing in to the player he is supposed to become, and lean on Wood for veteran guidance.
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