The Houston Rockets didn't get the top pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, but they are still able to secure one of the top talents, and that is all that matters.
Phew. The Houston Rockets made it into the important zone of the 2022 NBA Draft with the three forwards, but they just barely made it.
Did anyone else feel their heart beating a bit too hard when the fourth team was announced? Thank goodness it was Sacramento.
Houston showing up at three might not be what everyone wanted to see, but it really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.
One way or another, the Rockets will be able to secure a guy that will improve the roster on offense and defense. The perfect fit between availability and need by the roster, and no one is actually certain how these three prospects will pan out.
Who this player will be is up for debate, but it is impossible to imagine Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero, or Chet Holmgren not fitting in with this roster.
Whoever the new guy is, they are going to be in an excellent position to help with the devlopment of Houston's young core.
This new player almost assuredly steps in at the four for the 2022 season at some point during the year, unless of course Jabari Smith drops to the thrird pick and ends up playing some minutes in the three if the Rockets want to keep Christian Wood and Alperen Sengun on the floor.
One way or another, the Rockets got what they needed tonight, and finishing the year with the worst record in basketball was worth it.
Just imagine how much it would've stung if Houston showed up in that fourth spot. All of the losses to take a guy that isn't guarenteed to make the roster better would have hurt for a long time to come.
Who cares. The Rockets are about to get better, and the next few weeks just got far more fun.
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