Houston Rockets 2021 NBA Draft report card: 24th Pick - Josh Christopher
The final pick the Rockets made last night was their most perplexing and lowest graded selection. Let’s chalk it up to senioritis because selecting Josh Christopher with the 24th pick was a head-scratcher.
Christopher is an interesting prospect who can create his own shot at will and projects as a long-term project. If he was the Rockets' only pick his grade would be a lot higher, but there doesn’t appear to be much space for him on the current roster.
The Rockets already have John Wall, Eric Gordon, D.J. Augustin, Kevin Porter Jr, and now Jalen Green on the roster. For a player who needs time and repetitions to reach their potential, he’s certainly entering a crowded backcourt.
Not only was Christopher’s fit a question but he was widely regarded as a second-round prospect. His average draft ranking across seven different publications was the 38th best prospect. The Rockets likely could have had him in the second round, which means they missed a golden opportunity to land Christopher and a little extra.
The two things that boost his grade are that he has tremendous potential and he was an AAU teammate with Jalen Green. The two called themselves the “Bench Bros,” while teammates. If the cost of keeping Green happy is using the 24th pick on Christopher then this pick was well worth it. Unless one of the veteran guards is moved, expect Christopher to spend some time in the G-League.