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2021 NBA Draft: Houston Rockets trade for Alperen Sengun at Pick No. 16

The Houston Rockets added another first-round pick in a deal to land Alperen Sengun.

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After taking Jalen Green with their top selection, the Houston Rockets traded for Alperen Sengun at pick No. 16. The Rockets received Sengun in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday night, during the 2021 NBA Draft. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the Rockets gave up two future first-round picks in the deal.

By acquiring Sengun, the Rockets added size to their frontcourt who can help Christian Wood clean the boards and protect the rim. The 6-foot-10 big man won the MVP award of the Turkish league last season with Besiktas, after averaging 18.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 34 games.

He will be a bit of a project during the 2022 season and must improve his 3-point shooting. Last season, Sengun shot 19 percent from behind the arc, which is not the ideal big man to play within Stephen Silas’ system. However, given Houston’s player development system, it will not take long for Sengun to improve on his weakness.

At the time of this writing, the Rockets will make two more first-round selections at picks No. 23 and 24.