2 encouraging signs for Houston Rockets' Cam Whitmore

2023 NBA Draft
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1. LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard

The Rockets and their fans should be through the roof about this turn of events. It has the potential to echo the draft journeys of a player like Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard's draft-day fall was quite outrageous, considering the reported reasons he was passed on. Many may not remember, but it was reported by Paul Coro at azcentral.com that the Pheonix Suns passed on Leonard because he was so nervous during his pre-draft interview that he was sweating through his suit.

This was to the benefit of the San Antonio Spurs, who know a thing or two about how to scout and identify talent. The Spurs were undeterred and secured the cold-blooded eventual champion and Finals MVP via trade from Indiana. 

Today, his perceived pre-draft nerves are nothing more than a fun anecdote about the dangers of making appearance-based assumptions.