The Rockets pick third in what many consider to be a three-player draft, making this a relatively easy choice on face value. Ivey’s candidacy is also under consideration here, as the idea of constructing arguably the most explosive backcourt in the NBA is said to be intriguing for Rockets brass. But it will be difficult to pass on what many consider to be the draft’s most skilled offensive player — a 6-10, shot-creating dynamo in Banchero who can carry a significant load with his ability to handle, pass and shoot. Banchero’s playmaking ability should pair well with the explosive transition scoring and shot-making ability offers. Banchero could start next to a more traditional big man ) or operate alongside another perimeter-oriented big man ), making Banchero a strong fit for the Rockets long-term
NBA opinions are mixed regarding the long-term future of . in Houston, after what’s been a roller-coaster ride of a short career thus far. Adding another steady-handed guard in the backcourt who can play with or without the ball, excels in pick-and-roll and is a strong perimeter shooter makes some sense here, especially since Washington has the size and length to play in many different lineup configurations.