Victor Wembanyama toys with hearts of Rockets fans on April Fool's Day
You'd have to practically be 95 feet under a rock to not know about the Houston Rockets' rebuild. The Rockets have finished last in the Western Conference for the last two consecutive seasons, and find themselves in contention to do so again in 2022-23.
Losing hasn't been all bad for the Rockets, as it's gifted them Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr., who each bring a much-needed element to the team, especially when the group seeks to become contenders. In spite of the talent the Rockets have added by way of the draft, those classes pale in comparison to the top of the 2023 NBA Draft class, which is headlined by Scoot Henderson, Brandon Miller, and French sensation Victor Wembanyama, who everyone is vying for.
Victor Wembanyama toys with hearts of Houston Rockets' fans on April Fool's Day
On Saturday, Wembanyama sent Rockets fans in a daze, when he tweeted that he will be bypassing the NBA Draft and staying with his Metropolitans 92 club overseas.
Not only did this lead many to forget the fact that it was April 1st, or April Fools Day, it was a great display of personality on Wembanyama's part, and likely one of the best April Fool's jokes we'll see from the NBA world, because of the stakes.
Last year, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James joined the April Fools fray, suggesting that he would sit out the remainder of the 2021-22 season due to injury.
As it pertains to the Rockets' potential odds of landing Wemby, they recently clinched the best odds of landing the French big man, as they officially locked up one of the worst three records by season's end. This put them in a tie, as it pertains to landing the first pick in the 2023 draft, which will certainly be used on the 7-foot-4 center.
Although Wembanyama may have been toying with the hearts of Rockets' fans, all will be forgotten if the Rockets lock up the first pick and select the generational prospect. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait roughly six weeks to find out, as the NBA Draft Lottery isn't until May 16th, 2023.