The Houston Rockets have made their selections in the 2015 NBA Draft. I think most of us had the Rockets either going with Jerian Grant or Tyus Jones with their pick. It could have been Kenny Smith Jr., but we knew it was going to be a point guard of some sort. Maybe the reports that Sergio Llull is coming to Houston are true and drafting a point guard was simply not needed, or they have their eye on another free agent guard out there.
The Rockets drafted Sam Dekker from the University of Wisconsin with the 18th overall pick in the draft. I wasn't exactly sold on Dekker in the league personally. I didn't think he was athletic enough and was very nervous about him defending NBA wing players. I think he can develop into a solid role player for the Rockets and do a lot of intangible things, plus he's a leader and his basketball intelligence is off the charts. Two things the Rockets need out on the floor.
With the 32nd pick, the Rockets took Montrezl Harrell from the University of Louisville. I had him as a first-rounder and he's going to work his way into some minutes with the team next year. He's a ball of energy and does a lot of good things.
So how does the rest of the internet grade the Rockets picks?
There won't be 17 players in this draft better than Dekker. The former Wisconsin standout enjoyed a brilliant NCAA tournament, leading the Badgers all the way to the national title game. His jumper can be erratic and his defense is merely average, but Dekker will likely thrive in a more free-flowing NBA system after being kept on a tight leash at Wisconsin.
Yahoo Sports: B
: A year after losing Chandler Parsons, Houston picks a guy who could develop into a similar player. Concerns about Dekker’s shooting are real, but he wowed execs in recent workouts and there is a strong belief around the league that if he can become a threat from deep, he is a 10-year starter. Dekker is built like an NBA player. He can post up, run the floor and is a strong athlete. If he puts in the work, he’s a steal here.
Sports Illustrated: B+
With point guard talent still on the board, it's not a terrific fit. He's got some things he can do, but where does he fit on the Rockets without being able to shoot or defend at a high level?
CBS Sports: D
A terrific value at this spot, Harrell should have been a first-round selection. He's a finished product who can contribute immediately. This opens up some trade possibilities for the Rockets. Harrell's going to bust heads at the next level.
CBS Sports: A+
I'm a big Dekker fan. He's got great size for his position. He's a very good athlete. He's tough, but he's a streaky shooter. However, in the right offense, Dekker will thrive. If the Rockets hold on to him, I think this is a nice fit for them. He can play a Chandler Parsons-type role for the Rockets.
Harrell was the highest-ranked player in my Top 100 to slide into the second round. He's a beast. Great athlete. Very tough. He only lacks height and still doesn't have a consistent motor. But at this point in the draft, he can become a very serviceable rotation player for the Rockets
Fit: A | Opportunity: A
Dekker should be ecstatic he fell to the Rockets, since he lands on a team that excels at developing shooters. He has good size and can play both forward spots, bringing versatility that Houston values on both ends of the floor. With the Rockets looking to move Terrence Jones, Dekker could likely receive heavy reps as a rookie.