2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks land difference-maker, Victor Wembanyama heads East
By Tyler Watts
2. Houston Rockets select Scoot Henderson
Henderson has been viewed as the number two player in this class since the start of the year, but some are questioning whether he should go second.
The 6’2 guard showed his weaknesses this season with the G League Ignite, but he still averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.0 steal in 30.7 minutes per game. Yes, the 3.5 turnovers per game were a bit high and his 27.5 percent shooting from 3-point range was not ideal, but Henderson is an elite athlete that can run an offense.
Henderson has blazing speed, and he is not afraid to try to put you on his highlight reel. He is arguably the best passer and playmaker in this class, which coupled with his athleticism makes him someone that can come in and start on an NBA team immediately.
There will be mistakes and things to work on. Scoot has to improve his jumper and shot selection to maximize his efficiency at the next level. NBA scouts wonder about his defense because Henderson is just 6’2. He plays hard and competes on that end of the floor, so that should be less of a worry.
The Houston Rockets are hoping to exit a rebuild this offseason, and they finally land their lead playmaker to pair with Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr. in what could be the makings of a scary young trio if all three reach their ceilings.