Houston Rockets’ biggest offseason Question #3: Who is the no. 2 pick?
The Rockets dodged a serious bullet when they landed the number two overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft. Heading into the NBA’s draft lottery there was a 47.9-percent chance that their pick landed at five, which would cause it to be swapped with the 18th pick.
So while the Rockets didn’t land the first overall pick, they did avoid the disaster of having three picks outside the lottery after finishing with the worst record in the league. Now the hard work begins and the front office needs to answer the question of who to select with the second pick?
Is Evan Mobley, the two-way big from USC, the right choice? Or has Jalen Green’s superstar scoring potential bewitched the coaching staff? Maybe Jalen Suggs’ all-around game and feel for the game is the right fit next to Kevin Porter Jr and Christian Wood? And what about Jonathan Kuminga who has all the physical characteristics of an elite NBA wing.
There’s even a chance that the Detroit Pistons pass on Cade Cunningham and the Rockets could be ready to select the draft’s number one rated prospect. The answer to the question of who is worthy of the number two pick will inevitably define the Rockets for years to come. If the Rockets make the right call they could be a playoff team in short order, but if they falter, well, maybe the 18th pick wouldn’t have been so bad.
Next: Question #2