2. Houston Rockets draft Matas Buzelis
The Rockets improved their roster this summer hoping to get back to the playoffs. They owe their 2024 first-rounder to Oklahoma City with just a top-four protection, so it will be a nervous lottery night if Houston finishes with one of the worst records. Even the team at the bottom can slip to fifth if things do break wrong.
The Rockets have a young roster littered with talent. They just drafted Amen Thompson, who is a 6’7 point guard who loves to attack in transition. Houston could add another oversized ball-handler to round out their roster.
Buzelis is a 6’10 point forward who will stand out for the G League Ignite this season. Expect him to battle for top-pick status with his teammate Ron Holland. Buzelis can handle the ball, make plays, and run the offense. He has displayed some strong shooting ability and has the size and athleticism to guard multiple positions.
The biggest knock on Buzelis is his defense. He has a slender frame, which could keep him from guarding down low. The teenager has tremendous upside. He must clean up his turnovers, jumper, and decision-making with the Ignite. If he does, Matas Buzelis is a serious threat to be the number one overall pick on draft night 2024.