Houston Rockets NBA Draft pick no. 23 or 24: Miles (Deuce) McBride
NBA Comparison: Marcus Smart
Miles “Deuce” McBride is another player that has shot up the draft boards in the last few weeks. The agile sharpshooting guard out of West Virginia improved his draft stock after a strong sophomore year, where he averaged 15.8 points while shooting 41.4-percent from 3-point range.
McBride can be streaky at times, but when he gets it going can be a dynamic offensive threat, as shown by his January 4th performance vs. Cade Cunnigham and Oklahoma State when he put up 12 points in the last four minutes to help secure a big win for the Mountaineers.
McBride is not only a good shooter and tenacious going to the basket, but he is also a good on-ball defender that seems to thrive when taking on the opposing team’s best guard. As mentioned, early his sometimes streaky shooting and average playmaking skills are why he isn’t viewed as a lottery pick, but McBride would be a steal at 23 or 24 for the Rockets even with those weaknesses.
The top of the draft may be getting most of the attention, which is to be expected, but if you look at the draft as a whole, especially for the Rockets, the real intrigue is at the 23rd and 24th picks. Will the Rockets even keep the picks? If they do keep them, will their selection at number two change their thinking for their later picks?
As you see, there are plenty of questions to be answered, and the next month will begin to bring some clarity. As a side note for Rockets Twitter, with all due respect to the (Jalen) Green Gang, the Rockets absolutely should draft Evan Mobley