NBA Draft: Finding the perfect fit for each of the top prospects

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Perfect Fit #4: Houston Rockets and Scoot Henderson

Despite the young talent on the roster, the Houston Rockets are a mess. Coach Stephen Silas was the fall guy for their stagnant rebuild, but the problems on the roster go far outside of just coaching. The young players on the team were undisciplined, didn’t mesh well together, and played a putrid brand of basketball for most of the year.

Finding a player who can fit into the team framework of the Rockets and turn them into a play-in hopeful is difficult given the players they already have. Like every team in the NBA, the Rockets would love Wemby, but they already have two young bigs in Jabari Smith Jr. and Alperen Sengun. Brandon Miller could work on the wings, but there are enough shot creators on the team already.

Instead, the best fit for the team would be Scoot Henderson. As the best pure point guard prospect in the draft, Henderson brings a feverish mix of athletic finishes, smart reads on offense, and a dogged attitude that will make him an instant fan favorite wherever he’s drafted.

Henderson is a perfect fit because he’s the only player who the Rockets could draft that could reasonably rewrite the framework of the team. He could stabilize the offense with or without the ball in his hands, attack and create chances for each of his teammates, and can bring a winning attitude that the team has been missing since they traded James Harden.