As a Houston Rockets fan, this is the time to turn on your ESPN and Bleacher Report notifications, sit down in front of your TV with Sportscenter on repeat, and have Twitter refresh every five minutes. It's draft season baby! With the draft happening tomorrow night, it's time to break down everything so we can know what actually to believe.
The Houston Rockets NBA Draft lottery gut check
The first part of the Rockets' draft odyssey was the NBA Draft lottery and boy was that a rough one. Thanks to the trade to acquire Russell Westbrook the Rockets' pick could've been swapped to the Oklahoma City Thunder if it landed outside the top four. By the grace of God, the Rockets were awarded the number two overall pick.
The Houston Rockets NBA Draft dilema: #Greengang vs #Mobleymob
The Rockets, after finishing the season with the worst record in the league, had their sights set on a certain Oklahoma State Cowboy. Cade Cunningham, the presumptive number one pick and that certain Oklahoma State Cowboy, was suddenly just out of reach. Fortunately, the 2021 NBA Draft is not light on talent. Both Jalen Green and Evan Mobley have superstar upside. The only problem, who do you take?
As soon as the Rockets landed the second pick the Green gangs and Mobley mobs began to form. In the weeks since everything has been said about the two. From Green's pure scoring ability being the right fit alongside Kevin Porter Jr. to Mobley's length on the defensive end would free up Christian Wood. The problem is, both sides are right. Green's fit alongside Porter Jr is too perfect to pass up but the same can be said of a Mobley and Wood pairing. Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be a curse.
The Detroit Pistons add another wrinkle to the Houston Rockets NBA Draft plans
As the Green vs. Mobley debate raged throughout Houston, the Detroit Pistons opened the door to a potential trade up to land Cade Cunningham. Dozens of reports were cited that the Pistons were not quite sold on Cunningham due to the immense potential of Green and Mobley. As a result, Houston started to look around for more ammunition to trade up a spot.
The Rockets, reportedly, offered the Indiana Pacers Eric Gordon for the 13th pick to strengthen their offer to the Pistons. Nothing has materialized yet but until the Pistons make their pick there's still a chance.
Houston still has the number two pick thanks to Detroit not budging on their asking price for the first pick. Trade talks for a possible move up or down have been put on the back burner, and we're seemingly focused on the one player who ACTUALLY wants to work out for us, Jalen Green. Then again, if everything that's happened tells you something it's this: Buckle up for one CRAZY draft night!