Field Level Media
14 Jul 2021, 08:19 GMT+10
Last month, the Detroit Pistons won the NBA draught lottery, getting the No. 1 wide selection. But according to a study from the Athletic, the squad with the No. 2 selection, the Houston Rockets, is successful blistery pursuit of No. 1.
The Rockets person reportedly been "aggressive" successful attempting to nab the apical pick, which is expected by astir observers to beryllium Oklahoma State defender Cade Cunningham, careless of which squad is doing the selecting.
One of the assets the Rockets person dangled is defender Eric Gordon, 32, who averaged 17.8 points and 2.6 assists per crippled successful 2020-21.
Houston besides has a warfare thorax of draught picks pursuing its commercialized of James Harden earlier this year. The Rockets got first-rounders successful 2022, 2024 and 2026 successful that deal. In this draught alone, Houston holds the No. 2 pick, No. 23 and No. 24.
Houston is successful a rebuilding signifier aft going 17-55 successful 2020-21 and yet trading Harden connected Jan. 14.
The Pistons went 20-52. They past had the No. 1 enactment successful 1970, erstwhile they picked aboriginal Hall of Fame guardant Bob Lanier.
The afloat bid for the archetypal circular of the 2021 NBA Draft:
1. Detroit Pistons
2. Houston Rockets
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Toronto Raptors
5. Orlando Magic
6. Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Golden State Warriors (from Minnesota Timberwolves)
8. Orlando Magic (from Chicago Bulls)
9. Sacramento Kings
10. New Orleans Pelicans
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. San Antonio Spurs
13. Indiana Pacers
14. Golden State Warriors
15. Washington Wizards
16. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston Celtics)
17. Memphis Grizzlies
18. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami Heat via the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns)
19. New York Knicks
20. Atlanta Hawks
21. New York Knicks (from Dallas Mavericks)
22. Los Angeles Lakers
23. Houston Rockets (from Portland Trail Blazers)
24. Houston Rockets (from Milwaukee Bucks)
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Denver Nuggets
27. Brooklyn Nets
28. Philadelphia 76ers
29. Phoenix Suns
30. Utah Jazz
--Field Level Media