The Houston Rockets avoided a catastrophe on the NBA draft lottery night when their pick fell in the top-four. While they didn’t walk away that night with the ultimate prize, the first pick, they landed the next best thing.
The number two overall pick is often the most difficult pick in the NBA draft. The best available player is gone and the next best player is almost never a certain thing. This year is no different, with Cade Cunningham being the near-unanimous number one prospect and Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs, and Jalen Green bouncing in and out of the number two spot depending on where you look.
The Rockets are in pole position to select the second-best player in the draft but figuring out who that should be, remains a tall order. Except, maybe it isn’t that difficult in 2021. Maybe the best player in the whole draft is projected to be right there for the Rockets to select.
Evan Mobley is beginning to emerge as the consensus number two overall prospect but even that might sell him short. Mobley is the prototypical modern center and as this past season has shown, with centers finishing one and two in MVP voting, big men are making a big comeback.
The Rockets fresh off the worst record in the league need a franchise-altering player that can be at the center of a championship roster. The Rockets’ greatest player and center, Hakeem Olajuwon, was sent to secure the Rockets’ first-round pick, they should do right by the dream and select the center that can carry on his legacy. These are three reasons why the Rockets should select Evan Mobley with the number two overall pick.
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