3 reasons Stephen Silas should be proud of Rockets' tenure
3. Silas accomplished the Rockets' goal
After trading away an All-NBA backcourt, the Rockets knew they needed to restock the cupboard, from a talent standpoint. So they turned to the NBA Draft, as a means of accomplishing that goal.
But in order to land the top talents in the draft, you typically have to be one of the worst teams in the league. In other words, you have to lose. Alot.
And Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta erased any doubt about the team's goal throughout this rebuild, as he stated that the group was "praying for Wemby." Obviously, the Rockets needed to finish the 2022-23 season as one of the worst teams to even have a chance at landing the top pick, which obviously will be used on Victor Wembanyama.
Silas went 37-117 through his first two years, landing both Jalen Green and Jabari Smith as the second and third overall picks in consecutive years. And now, Silas and the Rockets have the best odds of landing Wembanyama, which was the franchise's goal all along.