ESPN – Ford: Draft grades

ESPN – Ford: Draft grades — evaluating every team, from A+ to D+ – NBA ($)

Wow, ESPN’s NBA analyst Chad Ford graded the Rocket’s draft as a D+. He is serious when he says he thinks the Rockets’ draft was the worst in the NBA. The lowest grade he gave to any other team was a C. Since I have stopped paying too much attention to the NBA, I don’t know how much credence to give this, but it’s discouraging. I think I remember reading that the Sports Guy had their first pick, Aaron Brooks ranked as one of his sleeper picks. Given the strength of the Western conference, it’s hard to see how we will improve to be able to play with the Suns, Spurs and Mavericks.

Houston Rockets Grade: D+

Round 1: Aaron Brooks (26)
Round 2: Carl Landry (31), Brad Newley (54)

Analysis: New Houston GM Daryl Morey might be the resident Rocket scientist, but I don’t get this draft. Brooks is an undersized point guard who’s really more of a 2-guard in the Earl Boykins mode. Landry is tough and physical, which fits a need in Houston, but I don’t think he’s as good as Glen Davis, who was available. Newley has talent, but does he really want to be a role player for the Rockets? If not, he can just stay in Australia and be a star. Morey is smart, and he might make me look very stupid in a few years for saying this, but I think the Rockets’ draft was one of the worst of the night.

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