JABARI IS THE ONE!

Rockets ace the draft with three strong prospects in the first round

Was I excited about how things unfolded Thursday night?

Oh, you have no idea.

Everything looked set since the lottery results, but Orlando clearly was playing mind games. The Magic pulled a shocker at the last hour, taking Paolo Banchero with the #1 pick, allowing the guy who I felt was the best prospect in the draft to fall down to #3 where Rafael Stone and the Rockets selected Auburn forward Jabari Smith.

The Rockets didn't stop there, taking LSU forward Tari Eason with the 17th pick, then traded the 26th pick to Minnesota for #29 and a pair of second-round picks. The Rockets used the 29th pick to nab Kentucky point guard TyTy Washington.

To say it was an insane night and an incredible draft haul is an understatement. We'll have more up soon but the Rockets did beautifully in this one.

Houston Rockets News

MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2022
On the NBA Draft, the Christian Wood trade and -- is Eric Gordon next? By Clutch
With Draft Week here, Dave Hardisty and David Weiner discuss the Christian Wood trade and options they like for the Rockets at #3, #17 and #26 in the NBA Draft
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SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2022
Rockets finally move on from Christian Wood By Clutch
Houston has been trying to trade Christian Wood since the 2021 NBA Draft and at last got what they needed in return
Read Post | 65
FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2022
How Paolo Banchero would fit with the Houston Rockets By Clutch
A look at how the Duke power forward would fit with Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets, now and in the future
Read Post | 80
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2022
Houston Rockets Salary Cap Update: 2022 Offseason Pre-Draft Edition By David Weiner
Breaking down the Rockets salary cap situation as they head towards the 2022 NBA Draft
Read Post | 44
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022
Talking Rockets with Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen By Clutch
The Houston Chronicle beat writer joins Dave Hardisty on the podcast to discuss 25+ years of covering Rockets basketball, plus what's in store for the current squad
Read Post | 75
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022
A Rockets Trade Scenario with every Lottery Team By Clutch
Taking a look at draft trade possibilities for the Houston Rockets as they hope to move up from the 17th pick
Read Post | 65
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2022
Podcast: Is Paolo Banchero in Houston's future? By Clutch
Dave Hardisty and David Weiner discuss the lottery results and the options that the Rockets, holding the third and 17th picks, will have in the 2022 NBA Draft
Read Post | 70

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