2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks go defense, Pistons surprise at 5
By Tyler Watts
4. Houston Rockets grab Amen Thompson
There are significant debates about who should go after the top three in this draft. Both Thompson twins are projected to be top ten picks, but there are concerns about the level of competition that they faced playing for Overtime Elite.
Amen Thompson is a 6’6 guard that may be the best pure athlete in this class. He averaged 16.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 2.4 steals in 28.2 minutes per game this season. The 20-year-old loves to play in transition, and he will ensure that his team gets easy buckets. He is a capable lead ball-handler that will use his speed to athletic chops to increase his team’s pace.
The Rockets have a plethora of young talent and are eager to improve quickly. Will James Harden return in free agency? If he does, they will have their point guard. Without the ten-time All-Star, Houston needs a primary playmaker that can organize their attack.
Amen Thompson is the perfect fit. He could run their offense and get the young roster plenty of easy buckets. The 6’7 guard must improve his outside shooting, but his struggles from the foul line may be a problematic predictor. Can Thompson be even a league-average 3-point shooter in the NBA?
The Houston Rockets could shop this pick as well, but if they keep it, expect them to select the best player available in Amen Thompson.