The Rockets just said, "Thank you, Orlando. Much appreciated, Thunder." And happily let Jabari Smith fall into their laps.
The Rockets take Jabari Smith with the No. 3 overall pick @brhoops
Building a young core in Houston 🚀
PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF 🚀
The Rockets take Jabari Smith with the third overall pick!
Jabari Smith: "I'm happy to be where I'm wanted. I'm glad they took a chance on me. I'm ready to get in there and show them they made the right decision." #Rockets
#Rockets get Jabari Smith Jr. (#3), Tari Eason (#17), TyTy Washington (#29), two second-round picks and unloaded Christian Wood 😂
Houston Draft Grade: A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The Rockets are getting a legit 6'10 hard-working, no-nonsense two-way player with an incredible drive to win. I feel like the Rockets got the #1 pick. Houston's basketball culture will be led by Jabari Smith Jr.
Welcome to H-Town, Jabari 🚀
The Rockets have selected Jabari Smith Jr. with the No. 3 pick in the 2022 #NBADraft
Jabari Smith Jr. reacting after Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren went No. 1 and 2 in the #NBADraft
La cara de Jabari Smith (favorito a ser nº1) al enterarse que no era ni el 1º ni el 2º del Draft
As of right now, your 2022-2023 Houston #Rockets 🚀
Kevin Porter Jr.
The Houston Rockets committed felony level grand theft getting Jabari Smith at #3. His game is nowhere near its ceiling and we already know he’s about that work. Orlando and Oklahoma City will look back on this day with a mountain of regret while Jabari lights up the league.
Can guard all 5 positions
90th percentile in transition
Josh Christopher and Eason running in transition with Jalen Green and Jabari Smith as your PnR threat. Exciting to think about.
Jalen Green & Jabari Smith finna have hella conversations about how they should’ve been the first pick😭
Jabari Smith > Paolo Banchero
Jabari Smith Jr. on if this puts a chip on his shoulder: "Definitely. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I'm happy to be here. I wouldn't want to be nowhere else."
Jabari Smith Jr. (@jabarismithjr
) talks about what he's bringing to the @HoustonRockets
after being drafted No. 3 overall in the 2022 #NBADraft presented by State Farm!
Jabari Smith Jr. on what he brings to the #Rockets: "I'm just going to bring competitive edge. My shooting ability, my ability to score, ability to guard multiple positions, and just my will to win, you know what I'm saying? I'm a team player, so that's what they're getting."
"That's me beating up on Kentucky right there."
–– Jabari Smith Jr. (@jabarismithjr
) 🤣 #NBADraft
THIS IS NOT A TALENT COMPARISON, but the fit between Jalen Green (slasher/shooter), Alperen Sengun (playmaking big) and Jabari Smith (volume shooter) reminds me of Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr.
“Rockets fans are down bad.”
“How do you feel about drafting Jabari Smith Jr?”
“I hate Orlando for stealing Paolo.”
#JabariJungle: 😂🍾 https://t.co/jlSvpE5BiW
Jabari Smith is an EXCELLENT fit with the Rockets: he’s an elite shooter at 6’10, can spot up from anywhere, attack from the post, shoot over defenders with ease, has great athleticism, and can provide rim protection when necessary
All around I feel like we got a steal at #3 https://t.co/qeHgdf7G0a
Gooooood morning to fans of the team that employs Jabari Smith, Tari Eason and TyTy Washington
: “What stood out when you watched Jabari Smith Jr. on tape?
Rafael Stone (with a smile): “I noticed when he shoots, it usually goes in.”