Houston Rockets: NBA draft prospect to trade up for Alperen Sengün
Center, Besiktas J.K (Turkey)/ Projected: 16th, High: 8th, Low: 36th
We’ve just dedicated substantial space to outlining the Rockets’ need for more passing in their rotation. Typically, teams seek passing from guards, but who says that playmaking boost can’t come from the five spot?
Like so many international big men before him, Sengün is a gifted passer. He also possesses a related attribute that the Rockets have been light on for two consecutive seasons: sheer size. Furthermore, he knows how to use it, scoring more effectively with his back to the basket than any Rocket since…Yao Ming? Really?
It’s not hard to imagine this kid drawing double teams in the post, and it’s equally easy to imagine him making the appropriate passes out of those double teams to one of Houston’s multiple shooters. As great as Kelly Olynyk was in Houston last season, he does not project as a long-term fit.
At 30, he doesn’t fit Houston’s rebuilding timeline, and his skill set is redundant with Christian Wood’s. Sengün would give Silas options, either as Wood’s primary backup or playing alongside him in a dual big lineup. If he looks good enough, he could even give the Rockets the option of trading Wood, but we’ll save that can of worms for another article.