Ranking 6 draft prospects the Houston Rockets could draft by fit

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1. Reed Sheppard, G, Kentucky

Sheppard isn't just a good shooter. In all likelihood, he'll be one of the best shooters in the NBA someday. He connected on 52.1% of his 4.4 threes per game for Kentucky last year. There is no adjective to describe that stat that would qualify as hyperbolic.

Sure, there are concerns about Sheppard on the defensive end. He's generously listed as 6'3". At the same time, he also averaged a cool 2.5 steals per game last year. Even if he can be targeted on that end of the floor, Sheppard will have some defensive utility with his lightning-quick hands.

More broadly, the Rockets need shooting. Sheppard is the best shooter in his class by a long shot. He also has some on-ball ability. Sheppard is a dynamic outlet passer, and he can orchestrate a pick-and-roll in a pinch.

What would his long-term role be with the Rockets? We're not sure. He could be an optimal sixth man, or, he could end up being a better fit than Jalen Green with the starters. Assuming that he's on the board at 3, the Rockets should look at him:

Unless they think there's a distinctly better player available.