4. Houston Rockets choose Amen Thompson
Thompson is the favorite to go fourth overall, despite some serious questions about his jumper. He is a 6’6 wing with a seven-foot wingspan that will be regarded as one of the best athletes in the NBA the moment he enters. Thompson will get his team playing faster and is a problem in transition.
Getting a 6’6 lead ball-handler is a massive advantage, and that is where Amen stands out. He can run an offense, make plays, get into the paint, and puts a ton of pressure on the defense. Both Thompson twins played in the Overtime Elite circuit, so there are questions about the competition level they faced as they enter the NBA.
Thompson has the size and athletic ability to guard on or off the ball. He is perfect for a switch-heavy scheme because he can match up against anyone. Amen must improve at this end of the floor, but his upside is massive if he reaches his ceiling.
Amen Thompson could be a multiple-time All-Star at the end of his career. He is an elite athlete that can handle the ball and makes plays on both ends of the floor. The Houston Rockets want to exit their rebuild, but they should be taking the highest upside prospect if they keep this pick. That is Thompson.