With the 2021 NBA Draft fast approaching on July 29, there’s tons of rumors and mis-information out there, a lot of it planted intentionally, so take what you hear with a grain of salt. With that being said, the latest Houston Rockets draft rumor should sound a little surprising to many Rockets fans.
Conventional wisdom has Houston deciding between Jalen Green and Evan Mobley should they end up staying with the second overall draft pick. However, the latest report from The Athletic and national reporter Zach Harper says it’s actually Green and Jalen Suggs vying for the pick.
“League sources have said Houston is heavily leaning toward Jalen Green there, but there are people within the Rockets’ decision-making process pushing for Jalen Suggs out of Gonzaga.
“Green’s potential as a star wing in this league has the Rockets’ focus, but the idea of Suggs grabbing the momentum at some point exists. Scouts and executives love his size at the point guard position, and believe he can be the leader of a young, rebuilding team.”
I’m personally not a huge Suggs fan, and I’m even less of a fan of drafting Suggs when you already have Kevin Porter Jr. on the roster, because I’m not sure Suggs is going to end up as the better player.
I can understand the philosophy of moving on from KPJ if you’re replacing him with Cade Cunningham, the consensus top player in the draft. Though I suppose if GM Rafael Stone is aware of some great offers for KPJ on the table, it makes drafting Suggs a little more palatable.
But once again, this is the season of dis-information, so it’s difficult to put too much stock in these national reports this close to the draft. The Rockets have been already linked to everyone in the top four. They’ve been rumored to want to trade up for Cunningham, both Green and Evan Mobley certainly have their supporters, and now this recent report on Suggs comes to light.
Basically, the only thing we know right now is that no one knows for sure, and if I’m Rafael Stone, that’s just the way I like it.