After weeks of thinking Houston would get Paolo Banchero, he went first overall to the Orlando Magic and then the Oklahoma City Thunder took Chet Holmgren second overall, leaving Smith to the Rockets.
This was an unexpected scenario for the Rockets, but a good one, in my opinion, as I feel Smith was the clear best player in the draft. He has elite shooting and elite defense and should be a fantastic complement to Jalen Green. If he reaches his ceiling, he will be everything the Rockets had hoped Christian Wood would be.
This is an absolute win for the Rockets as far as I’m concerned, as Smith is the kind of guy who can fit in just about anywhere, especially a team like the Rockets who need all of the skills that Smith brings to the table.
Concerns about his handle are overblown, and Rockets fans should enjoy the most NBA-ready prospect in this entire draft, maybe in the last two drafts.
It’s a good night in my book!