The 2017 NBA Draft is less than two weeks, it’s not hard to find a mock draft. But it is hard to find a mock draft that includes the Houston Rockets’ two picks at No. 43 and No. 45 in the second round.
NBADraft.net is one of the few that has a full two-round mock. NBADraftnet has the Rockets selecting Nevada sophomore power forward Cam Oliver at No. 43 and Colorado senior point guard/shooting guard Derrick White. In the Ringer’s latest NBA Draft podcast, with two SB Nation alumni, Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks, both of these names came up as sleepers or second-round picks that they like to make an impact.
Oliver, 20, checks in at 6’7”, 239 pounds with a 7’11⁄4“ wingspan. He averaged 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in 31.9 minutes per game. He earning Mountain West Conference second team all-conference honors.
White, 22, is 6’31⁄4“ tall, 190 pounds with a 6’71⁄2“ wing span. He averaged 18.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 32.9 minutes per game. White has an All Pac-12 First team selection for the 2016-17 season.
Both seems likely useful projects in the second round. But can either crack the rotation for the win-now Rockets? Probably not, at least this coming year.