Prospect #1: Chet Holmgren C (Gonzaga)
ESPN Rank 1
The best player prospect in the 2022 NBA Draft is Chet Holmgren. Holmgren’s numbers this season are just plain silly. In only 26.9 minutes per game, he has averaged 14.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per game on 73.4% on twos and 41.2% on threes.
Holmgren projects to be an elite rim protector with the foot speed to survive on the perimeter. In other words, he’s likely to be an All-Defensive team regular. Factor in a credible 3-point shot and ball-handling and Holmgren could be a stretch five with actual perimeter skills.
There are some concerns over his rail-thin frame, but that’s what people said about Evan Mobley and Anthony Davis. As long as Holmgren isn’t opposed to a 6,000 calorie diet, he should add the required mass to dominate the paint.
Holmgren is special and has the ceiling of an MVP caliber player that dominates both ends of the court. His floor is as a solid rim protector with a 3-point stroke, which sounds a lot like Myles Turner just with more offense and less defense.
The beauty of a player like Holgrem is that he would instantly fit with the Rockets' young core. His ability to cover fours and provide weakside help would allow him to share the floor with Alperen Sengun on defense and still provide the spacing needed to let him operate in the post.
Much like Jabari Smith, Chet is an absolute stud and fits with the Rockets’ current roster. If they land the first overall pick, the Rockets should start calling around about Christian Wood, because, with Chet in town, he’ll be surplus.