Kendall Brown was once considered a top 10 prospect in his class early on in the college basketball season, and while I’m not a buyer of his quite that high at this point in the draft cycle, I think the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. Some outlets even have him being selected in the 2nd round of the draft, and in retrospect, I think there’s a chance that will look absurd.
Brown is one of the best defense-to-offense prospects in his class, sometimes using his elite vertical athleticism to finish above the rim and other times using his playmaking ability to hit a teammate in transition. In the halfcourt, he’s one of the better cutters in his class and is a constant lob threat around the rim. While his shooting numbers aren’t too convincing, Brown’s two-way upside is very worthy of a 1st round selection.
The Rockets have already come away with two good to great shooting prospects in Jabari Smith and TyTy Washington, so adding another elite athlete and defender that is comfortable playing away from the ball and making plays for others when needed is theoretically a great move. Similarly to the Spurs, though, I’m not so sure the Rockets will want to roster another three rookies, so expect them to look for a trade-up opportunity.