Houston Rockets roundtable: 3 questions about the team’s future

Stephen Silas head coach of the Houston Rockets greets Christian Wood #35 (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
Stephen Silas head coach of the Houston Rockets greets Christian Wood #35 (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images) /
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Who should the Houston Rockets draft with the number 2 pick and why?

Big Sarge: This is contingent on if the Pistons take Cade Cunningham. I would select Jalen Green with the second pick.

His versatility mixes well with the young core that the Rockets have and I honestly believe that he and Kevin Porter Jr. would be a dangerous 1-2 punch that would open the floor for Wood and Jae’Sean Tate.

With Porter Jr. learning the point guard position better, it will fit right into coach Silas’s system.

Tony Cole: Depending on the day, I lean Green or Mobley. I lean towards Green, only because it will be nice to have the backcourt tandem of Green and KPJ locked up for the foreseeable future.

But, I also like the tandem of Wood and Mobley, so I waffle daily.

Anthony Duckett: There’s been alot of discourse regarding what the Rockets should do with the second pick in the draft. Rockets fans should first stop and remind themselves of how lucky they are to even have this pick, as it could very easily have gone to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It seems like the decision is between Jalen Green and Evan Mobley, unless the Detroit Pistons select Green and Cade Cunningham falls to the Rockets at #2. Assuming that doesn’t happen, I’d take Green, although I think both he and Mobley are great options.

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Green is an elite scorer and has flashed potential to create opportunities for others. The 2021 playoffs were a great example of how valuable an elite offensive wing can be, as essentially every team that thrived was led by a player of this skillset.

In addition, Green has played against professionals in the G-League with a level of physicality that doesn’t exist in college.