With the 16th pick in the draft, the Houston Rockets select Kentucky’s TyTy Washington.
After selecting Jabari Smith 3rd overall in the lottery, I think the Rockets would already have accomplished their main mission and would elect to sit back and see who falls on the board. I think TyTy Washington falling out of the lottery and into the Rockets’ laps could be the perfect scenario for the team.
The Rockets need someone that can properly distribute the ball, and as good as Smith has been this season, he does not help that issue. I’m not quite convinced yet that Kevin Porter Jr. will be the team’s long-term solution at the point guard spot, and Kentucky guards of the past have generally shown a lot of improvement once they’ve made it to the league.
TyTy Washington has had somewhat of a down season—mostly due to injuries—considering how much attention he received before the regular season and his NCAA Tournament performance didn’t help his case. But he’s also played mostly in an off-ball role at Kentucky with Sahvir Wheeler playing point guard, and while Washington hasn’t been bad in that role, the times he’s been allowed to play point guard have been (for the most part) far more entertaining.
For a good understanding of what this could look like at its best, Washington had a 17-point, 17-assist game against Georgia this past January that is well worth a watch.
Washington’s shooting is quite a bit better than the stats indicate and he could be a very good option to put next to Jalen Green and Jabari Smith going forward.