Houston Rockets: 37 best prospects in the 2021 NBA Draft

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Coby White, Zion Williamson, Adam Silver, Ja Morant, De'Andre Hunter (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets NBA Draft big board 16-20

Rank    Player              Ave Rank         Range

#16   Alperen Sengun:  16.1               8-36

#17   Jaden Springer:    19                  10-27

#18   Jared Butler:         19.8               11-31

#19   Sharife Cooper:    21                   7-35

#20   Chris Duarte:        21.3               16-25

Alperen Sengun is ranked 16th and his average rank is 16.1 even though his rankings ranged from eighth to 36th. He’s an interesting prospect for the Rockets to keep an eye on for a few reasons.

At only 18-years-old he won the Turkish League MVP, which is viewed as the second-best domestic league in the world outside of the NBA, and his free throw shooting (81.2-percent on 6.2 attempts a game) portends the ability to one day have a credible 3-point shot. Sengun is a more traditional frontcourt player but there’s a chance that if travel wasn’t so restricted this past year that he’d be ranked much higher.

Jaden Springer comes in at 17th in these rankings and while a few publications see him as a borderline top-ten prospect most place him in the 20s. The Rockets have two picks there so he’s definitely a prospect to watch and if he falls to 23rd then the Rockets may have no choice but to snag him.

Jared Butler and Jaden Springer’s average ranking is very close but there is less of a consensus on Butler than Springer. Butler’s rankings range from as high as 11th to as low as 31st. There’s a good chance he’s available to the Rockets but he doesn’t appear to be a player worth trading up for.

Sharife Cooper has one of the largest ranges of any player in these rankings. He goes as high as seventh and as low as 35th, with the majority of big boards putting him in the 15 to 25 range. Cooper is small and his shooting numbers in college weren’t elite so his upside doesn’t appear great.

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