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Houston Rockets Season Review: Josh Christopher

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Josh Christopher was the Houston Rockets' fourth first-round selection in the 2021 NBA Draft but ended up leading the rookie quartet in games played. While games played don’t measure on-court production, for Christopher’s rookie season, it might have been the most important statistic. 

Josh Christopher Proves the Rockets Draft Analysis Right

When the Rockets selected Christopher with the 24th pick it surprised the NBA draft community. On most big boards he was viewed as a second-round pick. According to my Meta-big board, the highest he was ranked was 33rd, and had an average ranking as the 37.9th best prospect. 

Simply put, Christopher looked like a player who would spend a large portion of the season in the G-League, and if he started in the NBA, his minutes would be scant. 74 NBA games at 18 minutes a night later, Christopher proved he was worthy of a first-round pick. 

The best ability is availability, and Christopher was available because he belonged. The Rockets may have been happier if they had selected Bones Hyland, Herb Jones, or Ayo Dosunmu. However, all three ended up on playoff teams, and they’re the only players selected after Christopher that played meaningful minutes and were clearly more impactful on the court. 

Christopher proved he was NBA-ready as a rookie. That has to be a win for the Rockets. Did he light the world on fire? No, but he was good enough to get real NBA minutes, which portend well for his future development.