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. 24

The Rockets have the luxury of making back-to-back selections. What this means is that the 23rd and 24th picks are essentially interchangeable. Since the Space City Scoop draft crew has aimed for high upside players with the second and 23rd pick, let’s see if they look to target some complementary players.

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No. 24 Pick: JT Thor

Why: Projects as the type of multifaceted, multi-positional forward that every contender needs. – James Piercey

No. 24 Pick: Neemias Queta

Why: Has shot up some boards due to his excellent combine. His combination of length and strength portends a bright future as a defensive center and if the Rockets keep Christian Wood long-term, they’re going to need a bruiser for special occasions and Queta has the potential to be an elite interior defender. – N.B. Lindberg

No. 24 Pick: Myles McBride

Why: Improved shot last year for West Virginia and will guard any player 94 feet just ask Cade Cunnigham who he played to a standstill in their last matchup. – Lachard Binkley

No. 24 Pick: Tre Mann

Why: Much like former Rockets star James Harden, Tre Mann can create space off of the dribble and can create offense for himself. Mann is an elite outside shooter, as he made 40.2 percent of his threes last season and can use his athleticism to get to the rim with ease. Mann is still developing as a playmaker but has thrived as a pick-and-roll operator and has also shown the ability to find open teammates. – Anthony Duckett

Houston Rockets NBA Mock Draft pick no. 24: JT Thor

Why does JT Thor get the nod? Remember, the 23rd and 24th pick are for all intents and purposes interchangeable for the Rockets and Thor had a vote of confidence from two Space City Scoop draft experts. Thor’s combination of physical gifts with a still-developing offensive game allows him to thread the needle of the type of prospect with incredible upside who can also fill a complementary role early on.

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As the 2021 NBA draft gets closer Space City Scoop will keep you updated on the prospects that are rising up the big boards, the draft trades that need to happen, and who the Rockets should take to lead their franchise with the second overall pick.

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