23rd overall pick in 2021 NBA Draft: Rockets select Quentin Grimes
Actual pick: Usman Garuba
Garuba has struggled in his first two years in the NBA. He averaged just 12.9 minutes per game over 75 contests last season. Will he go down as a bust? The 21-year-old still has time to develop, but there are currently serious questions.
The Rockets had back-to-back picks in this draft, and just one selection later went Grimes. The 6’5 wing struggled to find consistent minutes as a rookie, but he blossomed in year two with the Knicks where he averaged 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 29.9 minutes per game. New York finished fifth in the Eastern Conference just one year after missing the postseason entirely.
Grimes struggled in the playoffs, including missing two games with a shoulder injury. Still, he averaged 40.5 minutes per game over the final three contests in the second round against the Miami Heat. The 23-year-old struggled to make shots as he averaged 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists each night.
Getting a key rotation player in the playoffs at the 23rd pick is a massive win. Quentin Grimes is a career 38.4 percent 3-point shooter and a solid defender. His versatile skill set should have made him a lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and the Houston Rockets certainly missed on selecting the talented wing that is already contributing to winning basketball.