Houston Rockets 2021 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: The 2019 NBA Draft prospects stand on stage with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver before the start of the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: The 2019 NBA Draft prospects stand on stage with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver before the start of the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets NBA Mock Draft pick: no. 23

The 23rd pick hasn’t historically produced elite talent but that doesn’t mean there isn’t superstar upside to be found. While the Rockets could prioritize potential, they may opt for targeting players who will fit complementary roles. Let’s see if the Space City Scoop crew is shooting for the stars or looking to stay grounded with the 23rd pick.

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No. 23 Pick: Ziare Williams

Why: Pretty optimistic to think he’ll be on the board but some mocks have him slipping. High ceiling low floor prospect the Rockets should swing on if possible. – James Piercey

No. 23 Pick: Alperun Sengun

Why: He probably won’t be here, but I’m a sucker for guys who produce in pro-leagues and he just won the Turkish league MVP at 18. He moves like a 6’9 ballerina and should average at least 15 points and 10 rebounds right off the bat. – N.B. Lindberg

No. 23 Pick: Trey Murphy III

Why: Shot over 40 percent from 3-point range last year while being one of the best defensive players in the nation. Standing at 6 ft 9 he is the prototypical stretch four. – Lachard Binkley

No. 23 Pick: JT Thor

Why: Thor’s frame could allow him to be a superior defender, as he has a 7-foot wingspan and possesses lateral quickness that could be highly beneficial on that end. On offense, he’s still raw but could be valuable in catch-and-shoot situations, and will only continue to develop, as he’ll still only be 18-years-old when the draft commences. – Anthony Duckett

Houston Rockets NBA Mock Draft pick no. 23: no consensus

The Space City Scoop draft gurus are slipt on who to select. However, there’s definitely a leaning towards the idea that the Rockets should use the pick to target a player with the potential to be an impact player. Let’s see if that thinking holds for the 24th pick.

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