Houston Rockets should select Evan Mobley in the NBA Draft reason #2: He allows the franchise to listen to offers on Christian Wood
There are some that believe the Rockets should steer clear of Evan Mobley because the franchise already has its center of the future in Christian Wood. There’s logic to that line of thinking, that the two of them will struggle to share the floor together, and finding a perimeter option fits this current roster better.
However, Mobley gives the Rockets the ability to listen to offers for Christian Wood. The argument to trade Christian Wood as soon as possible is very strong, as his trade value is at its highest right now.
Wood is a good player and could potentially be great but unless he becomes one of the 15 best players in the league giving him a max deal in two seasons might hinder more than help the Rockets’ chances at winning a championship. Also, if Wood blossoms and becomes one of the best centers in the league, Mobley would remain an incredible trade chip.
The idea that the Rockets don’t want two centers is ridiculous. Mobley and Wood both have diverse skillsets that should allow them to share the floor and will allow the Rockets to have a starting-caliber center on the court for a full 48 minutes.
Mobley allows the Rockets to take offers for Christian Wood without having to start from square one at the center position. If the franchise is serious about a full-on rebuild, moving Wood right now is an option that needs to be considered, drafting Mobley would make moving on from Wood a whole lot easier.
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