The Houston Rockets have the No. 18 overall pick in the NBA Draft despite making the Western Conference Finals, giving them the opportunity to immediately upgrade their team with a young talent. Here are three players they should draft in the first round:
Stats: 11.6 ppg, 5.8 apg
Jones looked like the best point guard in the country at times this season, and he may be the best pure point in the draft. He sometimes faded out of games last season, but he doesn’t force his scoring on offense and is excellent at setting his teammates up. Jones was also the most clutch player in college basketball as he took over down the stretch in every big game the Blue Devils played in, making him a good option for a team in the middle of the first round.
Stats: 16.8 ppg, 6.8 apg
As a combo guard, Grant has the perfect mix of size, scoring ability, and court vision to be a solid point at the next level. His leadership qualities were on full display this season as he led Notre Dame to an ACC title and the Elite 8 just one season after they finished near the bottom of the conference in 2014.
Stats: 14.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.3 apg
Wright did it all for the Utes in his career, and has continued to do so this year. The senior was among the Pac-12 leaders is points, rebounds, assists, and steals for the past two seasons, showcasing his excellent all-around game. He led the Utes to a top 10 national ranking and to the Sweet 16 this year.
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