2024 NBA Mock Draft: Blazers take game-changer, Spurs get star at 1

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4. Houston Rockets snag Justin Edwards

The Rockets narrowly hang onto their selection based on ESPN’s projections, but it will be a nail-biting lottery night if Houston finishes with the fourth-worst record in the league. They owe their pick to the Thunder with a top-four protection. In this scenario, they would have a 48.1 percent chance of keeping their pick, and the Thunder would be the favorite to get a choice in the top eight.

Houston wants to contend, but may not have enough talent in the loaded Western Conference. If their pick lands in the top four, the Rockets should select the best player available.

Justin Edwards could be the number-one overall selection on draft night. He is a 6’8 wing loaded with potential and versatility. The lefty is a plus athlete who loves to attack the rim. He projects to be the leading scorer for Kentucky this season, and the Wildcats plan on being in the hunt for the NCAA title.

Edwards can handle the ball, make plays, defend multiple positions, and get buckets. Teams will be intrigued by the 6’8 wing, but he must improve his jumper and shine as a scorer if he wants to be the top selection. Edwards will be 20 years old by draft night and figures to hear his name called in the top five next June.