After spending 15 years with the Houston Rockets serving various roles, Rafael Stone was promoted to the general manager role in 2020. In many regards, Stone was thrust into the role after Daryl Morey, his predecessor, surprisingly vacated his post.
Stone was then tasked with pioneering the Rockets' rebuild, as he immediately began stripping the parts of the Rockets' roster. In many respects, the Rockets' rebuild can be dubbed a successful one, due in large part to favor from Lady Luck in the draft lottery.
The Rockets landed Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr., and Amen Thompson by securing the second pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the third pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, and the fourth pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Ranking 4 of the best moves made by Rafael Stone so far as Houston Rockets GM.
Although those players may have seemed like easy and obvious choices at the time, we still have to commend Stone because there are never easy and obvious picks when you're not landing the top overall pick, which the Rockets have never done under Stone's regime.
Granted, Stone has been far from flawless over the last three seasons- we've previously covered that. But he's also had some hits.
Let's dive into those.