The off-season is already upon us and the 2017 NBA Draft is approaching. This is always an exciting annual event and will be held on Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 PM EST on ESPN.
Where do the Houston Rockets pick in the draft this year?
First things first, what even is the Rockets’ pick this year? Because of the trade for Lou Williams Houston no longer has a first round pick in the draft. The Los Angeles Lakers have the original pick and they will select 28th in the draft. Houston does have two second round picks in the draft at the 43rd spot and the 45th. The 43rd came from the Denver Nuggets and the 45th came from the Portland Trailblazers.
What are some options?
1. Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Latvia
Pasecniks stands 7’2″ and is extremely mobile for somebody his size. He does a great job of catching passes in traffic and can finish in the paint.
From overseas, he can already shoot midrange jumpers quite well,and he has the potential to extend his shot to the three-point line. A 7’2″ center who can shoot threes would be Daryl Morey’s dream come true.
2. Frank Mason, PG, Kansas
Frank Mason, the 2016-17 AP Player of the Year and Big 12 Player of the Year is likely to end up as a second-rounder. At 6’0″ and a wingspan of 6’3″ this would be an absolute steal for Houston.
Mason shot 32.7 percent from behind the arc his freshman year and improved that to 47.1 percent just last season.
3. Tyler Dorsey, SG, Oregon
Another guard on this list who can heat up quickly. He made 41.6 percent of his threes throughout his career, including 42.3 percent last year. At 6’5″ his wingspan matches his height making for an undersized shooting guard. He’ll have to rely on his speed and three ball to make a name in the league.
4. Bam Adebayo, PF/C, Kentucky
Edrice Adebayo, more commonly known as Bam, spent one season at Kentucky. He stands at 6’10” with a 7’3″ wingspan and a 9’0″ standing reach. Basically, he’s got great length.
Adebayo is most likely to bring energy off the bench but will probably take a couple of seasons to develop. He averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 60 percent from the floor during his only season at Kentucky.
5. Josh Hart, SG, Villanova
Josh Hart is a four-year collegiate player who won Big East Player of the Year award last season by averaging 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The year before that he averaged 6.8 boards per game, for being a 6’5″ guard it’s what sticks out the most about his game.
Overall, he has a well-rounded game with a good basketball IQ but lacks in his offensive skills such as quickness.