Houston Rockets depth chart if they nailed every NBA Draft since the James Harden trade
Drafting in hindsight, the Rockets could certainly have the best young roster in the NBA. Throw in players under contract from last season like Kevin Porter Jr. and Jae’Sean Tate to round out their depth chart, and it looks like this.
PG: Jaden Ivey, Kevin Porter Jr.
SG: Quentin Grimes, Jaden Hardy
SF: Trey Murphy III, Jae’Sean Tate, Kenyon Martin Jr.
PF: Evan Mobley, Herb Jones
C: Walker Kessler, Frank Kaminsky, Boban Marjanovic
Grimes would be the oldest player in their starting five at 23. They would also have an incredible scoring duo off the bench with KPJ and Jaden Hardy flanked by Tate and Hebert Jones to give them defensive cover. Would the Rockets immediately be contenders? Perhaps not, but in two years, this could be the scariest team in the league.
Overall, general manager Rafael Stone and the Houston Rockets have done well in the draft. Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, and Jabari Smith Jr. could all become All-Stars. Tari Eason looks like he will be a steady contributor for the next decade-plus, and every selection is still young with room to grow.
The Rockets did not nail the draft, but they did well. Can they continue to build through the draft with the fourth overall pick or will they try to skip a few steps and trade it for a win-now piece? Houston is motivated to improve, but how much? Stay tuned to find out.