With the NBA Draft less than a month away, all indicators point to the Houston Rockets selecting Duke's Paolo Banchero.
The Houston Rockets do not have the first overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, but they might still land their most coveted player.
The concept of the Rockets picking Paolo Banchero with the No. 3 pick has been circulating since the start of the selection season. And, according to Rockets Insider, Houston is interested in the Duke forward.
Unless the Oklahoma City Thunder or Orlando Magic pick Banchero before Houston, the ACC Rookie of the Year winner is expected to join the Rockets on June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. According to reliable sources, Banchero to the Rockets is becoming more likely.
After guiding the Blue Devils to the Final Four, Banchero is entering the draft. During his one season at Duke, he averaged 17.2 points and 7.8 rebounds, and Betway sports viewed him as a potential star.
"Will it be Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith, or Paolo Banchero," said Jonathan Feigen, Rockets beat reporter. "Paulo Banchero — come on down. I think he’s going to be okay as a switch defender, at 6-10, 255 (pounds). You don’t see that a lot. It remains to be seen how he will be off the ball."
Holmgren is expected to be the first pick in the draft. In most NBA mock drafts, the versatile big man is projected to go second to the Thunder, with the Magic getting the first overall choice.
Jalen Green’s selection with the No. 2 pick last year gave the Rockets a big boost in their rebuilding efforts. Green featured in 67 games as a rookie and averaged 17.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting from the field.
In this summer's draft, the Houston Rockets had the third pick. If both of these choices are traded to Houston, the Rockets will have six first-round picks in the last two drafts. However, the franchise sees another man on the team as a lottery selection prospect. Keep it Betway for more details as they emerge.
Daishen Nix viewed as Rockets’ 'Lottery Pick' Talent?
Daishen Nix, a rookie point guard who went undrafted last year, fought his way through the G-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, finally earning a two-year contract and then a four-year contract.
"They consider Nix a first-rounder," said Jonathan Feigen on the ClutchFans podcast. "They consider him a lottery pick."
In the G-League bubble, Nix was a teammate of Jalen Green, coming off the bench in 15 games and averaging 8.8 points per game. He declared as a 19-year-old but did not receive one of the 60 first-round choices, becoming an undrafted free agent signed by the Rockets immediately after the draft.
In 2021-22, Nix spent the most of the season with the Vipers and was one of the league's top players, averaging 21.9 points and 7.6 assists per game.
His outstanding play in the Valley earned him occasional call-ups to the Rockets in Houston, but in 24 outings, he only scored 3.2 points per game. With the next season approaching, there will be plenty of betting opportunities on the Betway platform, covering all NBA matches all the way to the Conference finals.
Given Nix's size, it's difficult to predict how he'll do with the Rockets. Given his domination in the G-League and the fact that he's still only 20, he's a fascinating possibility, and if he had waited another year to declare for the draft, he may have a chance to be a lottery pick.