We feel we did that with the previous pick, and we see a player here who we really think can win us games, whether he replaces a player who leaves or simply joins our rotation and does what he does.
And what he does is pass the ball.
If you go back through recent drafts, almost all the PGs drafted are scorers first and have to learn to run NBA offenses. We like those players. We have one in Kyle Lowry who many people said was a career backup, but now has some eye-popping assist totals to go with his natural scoring ability. We paired him last year with an amazing scorer in Goran Dragic. The two of them made our PG position one of the strongest overall in the league.
But now Dragic is a free agent, and he is going to command a huge contract which we may not be able to afford. If he leaves, we feel plugging in a polished, pass-first, good-sized game manager to go along with the explosiveness of the smaller Lowry is the best use of this pick. Even if Dragic stays, we still consider him a valuable addition considering the questionable durability of our entire backcourt.
The Rockets select Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina. (And we are going to lock him in a gym until he can drill open 15 ft. jumpers from anywhere.)
He already has a hat deal.