NBA ’22-’23 Preview: Every Team’s Fatal Flaw

Houston Rockets — Backcourt Redundancy

Having picked in the top-3 over the last two years, the Rockets believe they have set their future up by drafting Jabari Smith Jr. and Jalen Green. When you have a dynamic duo like that, the challenge becomes surrounding your two stars with complementary players. Alperen Sengun fits the bill as a skilled center who can dominate down low. Players like Tari Eason also make sense as a versatile forward who can defend multiple positions.

Green’s backcourt mate Kevin Porter Jr. is a more interesting case. The former Cleveland first-round pick is obviously a talented player, though his skill-set does run a bit similar to Green. The Rockets may need to either split the minutes between their two guards, or perhaps even move on from Porter Jr. entirely for Green to fully flourish.

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