After weeks and months of waiting, the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft is over, and the Houston Rockets have walked away with quite the collection of talent. While the fans and reportedly the front office had their hearts set on Paolo Banchero with the third overall pick, he went first overall to the Orlando Magic.
However, the initial disappointment of the night shouldn’t hang over the entire draft. The Rockets wanted the best player, and he wasn’t there at three, but they walked away with quite a player in Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr.
With the 17th pick, the Rockets took Tari Eason out of LSU. The Rockets traded the 26th pick in the draft and then traded with the Memphis Grizzlies to nab the 29th pick and Kentucky’s TyTy Washington.
The three standouts from the South Eastern Conference join an incredibly young and promising team. These are the Rockets’ grades for each first-round pick and their overall GPA for the round.