29th overall pick in 2022 NBA Draft: Rockets select Jaden Hardy
Actual pick: TyTy Washington Jr.
The Rockets acquired the 26th pick in the 2022 draft from the Mavericks in exchange for Christian Wood and roster space. Memphis had the 22nd and 29th picks, so they traded up to 19th to grab Jake LaRavia from the Timberwolves. The Rockets then traded back from 26 to 29 and picked up two second-round picks before selecting Washington.
The 6’3 guard struggled to find playing time as a rookie as he got just 433 minutes with the Rockets. He did play eight games in the G League where he averaged 26.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 38.4 minutes per contest. It was fantastic to see him dominate with the Vipers, but he could not overtake Daishen Nix for the backup point guard role.
Mavericks rookie Jaden Hardy showed a bit more juice as a rookie, including the ability to score at all three levels. He averaged 8.8 points per game and shot 40.4 percent from 3-point range, despite playing just 708 minutes as a rookie. Hardy has the speed and burst to get downhill, and looks like an incredible offensive talent.
If the Houston Rockets nailed each of these draft picks, what would their depth chart look like right now?