Kendrick Perkins gives thoughts on Rockets’ lottery pick, rebuild

Kendrick Perkins (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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As the Houston Rockets‘ front office prepares for the offseason, they face a bevy of tough decisions. Part of that has been made much easier by the fact that they landed the second overall pick in this month’s draft.

However, it’ll be important that they get the pick right, as we’ve seen teams flame out in the draft, simply because it’s fairly common that “can’t miss prospects” turn into busts. ESPN’s NBA insider Kendrick Perkins shared his thoughts on what the Rockets should do in the draft on NBC Houston’s Sports Sunday.

“I think they have to draft well. I thank God that they got a top-three pick.

I think Jalen Green is the guy for them in my opinion. Him and Kevin Porter together will be a bright future for the Houston Rockets.”

Perkins also shared his thoughts on what the Rockets must do as it pertains to rebuilding their roster in lieu of all of the changes they underwent, following the trades of superstars James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

Kendrick Perkins shares thoughts on Houston Rockets’ lottery pick, long-term future

“I just want the Rockets to build from the ground up. I think they have a young star in Kevin Porter Jr.

And look, they have picks all the way to 2099 for what they got back for James Harden and Victor and all those moves that they made. So now it’s on the front office to make sure that they do their job and draft well.”

With the Rockets having acquired 8 first-round picks and 4 first-round pick swaps under the current regime, the Rockets appear primed to undergo an organic rebuild, much like Perkins suggested. And with the youth that they have on the roster, they’ll lean on Stephen Silas and his staff to ensure the development of such players, which will be just as important as drafting well.

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Considering Silas’s background and specialty in player development, it’s safe to say the Rockets will have an advantage as it pertains to an organic rebuild.