Just ask the Rockets: ending with the poorest record inside the NBA doesn’t quite guarantee the first choice inside the draft.
The Utah Jazz are currently in 3rd place, not necessarily in the standings for lottery. However, they are in the real Nfc West standings, despite dealing away practically their whole starting lineup over the summertime and looking to put them in the running again for NBA’s poorest record. They are not alone either.
The LA Lakers are another option. However, they have seemed to be inadvertantly tanking one‘s way to the bottom half of the table, well to the joy of the Pelicans supporters, whose team owns the Lakers’ 2023 1st-round selection. They can’t compete for Wembanyama, who could be the best scorer since current LA Lakers legend LeBron James, and yet they still seem to appear to be steamrolling their path to the bottom.
The Rockets Might Win The Sweepstakes:
Houston Rockets entered the draft in the highest position each of the two previous seasons, but fell on both occasions, eventually end up getting Green play for their Rockets team at No. 2 in 2021in last year and Smith Jr. at the 3rd number in this year despite going 33-111 after moving Harden from the Rockets to the Nets.
The Rockets are currently bottom in the NBA after another sluggish start. They have the third lowest point margin in the League at minus 7.9. It ought to be noted that 10 of their initial 13 matches were away from home.
If the Brooklyn team miss the playoffs, Houston may have two chances to choose the top selection in the lottery due to the Rockets’ ownership of the exchange rights with Brooklyn.
Regarding Eric Gordon, the Houston must balance his worth in a possible trade with the influence he has on the youthful squad and the possible effects he may have in trying to pick up further victories.