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2023 NBA Draft Review: Houston Rockets

Adrian Holman
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Although the Houston Rockets finished 22-60 last season, the team finally showed some improvement. Fortunately for Rockets fans, the team went all-in during the off-season by making Ime Udoka the new head coach for the Rockets. As long as he stays away from the office cubicles in Houston, he will do just fine.

Plus, the Rockets signed veterans Fred Van Vleet, Dillon Brooks, Jeff Green, and Jock Landale. These signings served to be a blessing in disguise because Kevin Porter, Jr. will more than likely be going to jail for felony assault.

The Rockets depth will be bolstered even more with the arrival of two first-round picks in the NBA Draft that will help right away.

Round 1, Pick 4: Amen Thompson - F - Overtime Elite. 6'7", 214 lbs (15.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 6.6 apg, 2.1 spg).

Thompson is a wing player that is electrifying in transition. He has the skills of a point forward, but he does need to improve his perimeter shooting and his mid-range game. He will now see plenty of time off of the bench since Porter, Jr. will be going to prison.

Round 1, Pick 20: Cam Whitmore - F - Villanova. 6'7", 232 lbs (12.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 34.3% 3-PT FG%).

Whitmore was not able to showcase all of his talent in college last season due to injuries. He was projected to be a lottery pick if it were not for the injuries. However, he is able to create havoc on the wing. He will see plenty of minutes as well since Porter, Jr. will be in court next month.

Overview: The Rockets could sneak up on some teams this upcoming season with the additions of Thompson and Whitmore. Grade: A-.

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