If the Rockets do legitimately see Daishen Nix as a lottery pick, there is no way on the planet that they should keep all of their draft picks for this year.
The Rockets have a lot of new faces that are going to get playing time this year. Whether it is the upcoming rookie that will join the team in a matter of hours or guys that were buried on the depth chart last season, Houston is making a point of freeing up minutes for the guys that could be a part of their future core.
While Daishen Nix isn't the only player that proves there is a problem with this way of thinking, he probably does highlight it the best.
As they rightfully should, the Rockets have very high hopes for Nix in 2022. The only question is where and when will he actually get reps?
The Rockets have a unique problem in that they have too many draft picks coming in. Three picks in the first round on the books for tomorrow night with the potential to add another is extremely problematic for a Rockets team that couldn't even get guys like Nix on the court.
Usman Garuba barely played, Josh Christopher looked decent in limited minutes and still barely played, and the Rockets are going to add three more guys into this rotation while only really losing Christian Wood?
If Houston actually likes what it has in Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Christopher, and Nix, adding another guy to that backcourt in the first round makes little sense.
The Rockets need fewer picks, not more, if they truly feel this way about their players. Whether by trading up or trading into the first round of next season, the Rockets are running out of room to make the most of the coming months if they really want to continue focusing on the development of their young group.
Moves need to be made, and they need to be made very soon.
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