Just as I doubt the Spurs will keep three 1st round picks, I have a hard time believing the Rockets will keep all of theirs, so expect them to be active trade-up candidates in this draft. Even so, the Rockets having that third 1st round pick could change their draft strategy if they do choose to keep them. In this scenario, I have them selecting Kentucky’s TyTy Washington.
The Rockets currently have a roster full of good-sized combo guards that err a bit more on the side of shooting guards than "true" point guards. The team clearly lacks connecting pieces, though, and Jabari Smith likely won’t be the piece that brings everyone together. TyTy Washington is a guard that can play on or off the ball, is a better shooter than his freshman season with Kentucky may suggest, and is highly efficient in the pick and roll. He is one of the few guards in this class that I can see fitting in with the Rockets’ roster of guards and stands a chance of being that connector piece they need.
At the very worst, Washington could come off the bench as the Rockets’ backup point guard that can be rolled out in several different lineups. I’m one of few that still have a lottery grade on Washington, though, and if all goes well in his development, I could easily see him being a starting NBA point guard one day. If the Rockets ever decide to call it quits with the Kevin Porter Jr. point guard experiment, Washington could be a solid replacement in a few seasons.