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Who should the Rockets select with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

We take a look at some of the top options for the Rockets after they were awarded the third overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft on Tuesday night.

Duke Men’s Basketball Banquet
Assistant coach Amile Jefferson of the Duke Blue Devils presents the Best Rebound Average award to Paolo Banchero during the Duke Men’s Basketball Banquet at Cameron Indoor Stadium on April 14, 2022 in Durham, North Carolina.
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The Houston Rockets have won the third pick in the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery. The lottery is used to determine the first 14 picks in the draft. The first four picks will be determined by a drawing, with picks five through 14 being decided by inverting the 2022 records for the remaining teams giving the worst team remaining the fifth pick. Now that the No. 3 overall pick has been determined, who should the Rockets take to try and not wind up in the same position next year?

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Who should Rockets take third?

The Rockets have the luxury of waiting on who the Magic and Thunder take with the top two picks. They’ll likely go with whoever of Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith and Paolo Banchero is left but Keegan Murray is an intriguing option as well for the Rockets. Houston has a young guard in Jalen Green, so Jaden Ivey might not make sense here.

Pick: One of Chet Holmgren/Jabari Smith/Paolo Banchero

It’s truly unknown how the top of this draft will shake out. Luckily for Houston, all three players listed fit the bill for the rebuild. I think the Rockets would secretly want Banchero to fall to them at No. 3, but they’ll gladly take Holmgren or Smith if that’s how it shakes out.