Houston Rockets don't have to beat the odds in 2022 NBA Draft Lottery
By Rob Leeds
The Houston Rockets had the worst record in basketball last season, so it makes sense that fans would hope for the top pick in the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery. The good news is that the Rockets don't need the best luck tonight.
The 2022 NBA Draft Lottery is here, and Houston Rockets fans are doing everything in their power to make sure that the luck falls their way tonight.
The worst record in basketball should hopefully be enough to do the trick to find another young star to mix in with the competent core that the Rockets are starting to assemble, but this class is both good and bad in that regard.
The bad for the Rockets is having these draft odds to land the top pick when there is no consensus top player overall. It would've been great to pair Jalen Green with a transcendent talent that every other team kicks themselves for missing as the no-brainer at one, but this class just isn't that.
For those who scour mock drafts, there have been four guys that legitimately get talked about as having that number one potential in this class, but only three work best for the Rockets.
That is the good news here. The Rockets don't need the 14% chance to go their way to find their next guy. In reality, all they need is the 40% chance to go their way to land in the top three(we're going to leave out the decimals).
Of the three guys that are generally at the top of most draft boards, all would be an immediate help for this roster. Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero, and Chet Holmgren stand a real chance of being the first three guys off the board, and the Rockets have a legitimate chance of landing one of them.
Playing the odds in the NBA is a dangerous game with the way the numbers work out, but this is the best way to go into tonight without freaking out leading up to the announcement.
It would be nice to have the top pick, but banking on that to happen is foolish. The Rockets don't need it.
We just have to hope that 40% is enough to put the Rockets in the top three. We'll see what happens tonight.
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