Houston Rockets: The last 3 number 2 picks in the NBA Draft

By Lachard Binkley
2019 NBA Draft
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James Wiseman, Houston Rockets, NBA Draft
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Houston Rockets: 2020 NBA Draft second overall pick

No one knows: James Wiseman

James Wiseman had a tumultuous time even before entering the NBA draft. Wiseman was a sought-after recruit coming out of high school before deciding to play for Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers. Unfortunately, Wiseman's college career didn't last long.

After missing a few preseason games with an injury Wiseman made his regular-season debut scoring 28 points and grabbing 11 rebounds vs South Carolina State. Shortly after the NCAA ruled him ineligible after they determined Hardaway paid $11,500 to help Wiseman and his family move. Wiseman, shortly after, decided to not come back to Memphis and enter the draft.

Wiseman was drafted second overall in last year's draft but could never find his place with the Warriors. Even with Stephen Curry and the Warriors fighting for a playoff spot, coach Steven Kerr never seems comfortable having Wiseman in the rotation. Before his season-ending injury, Wiseman was in and out of the starting lineup as he fell in and out of Kerr's doghouse.

As stated earlier, an injury vs. the Rockets ended his season prematurely. His rookie year ended with averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, not exactly the start to a career you hope for from the second overall pick.

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You really can't judge a player in their first two or three years in the NBA. It takes most players time to adjust to the speed and pace of the NBA. You can't expect every player to be Luka Doncic or LeBron early in their career. Still, the Rockets and their fans would much rather potential second pick Jalen Green start his career like Morant more questions than answers after his rookie year.