In what can’t be considered too much of a surprise, Gonzaga combo-guard Jalen Suggs has officially declared for the 2021 NBA Draft after leading his Bulldogs to the National Championship Game this past season.
The 6-foot-4 guard has been ascending the NBA Draft rankings over the past several months and is now likely going to be a top-five pick. In fact, there’s been some talk that Suggs could go first overall over the likes of better-known prospects such as Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green.
There’s some good reasons for this. Suggs’ freshman season with Gonzaga was absolutely outstanding. The Minnesota native averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals on 50% shooting from the field. He’s also already considered an elite-level defender.
While some view Jalen Suggs as a ball-dominant point guard, he can excel as a two-guard off the ball. That makes the young man an exceptional fit for many teams slated to select at the top of the 2021 NBA Draft. Below, we take a look at the four-best fits after the guard declared for the draft.
Jalen Suggs to the Houston Rockets
At this rate, the Rockets could pretty much target any position. New general manager Rafael Stone is in the initial stages of a rebuild after trading away future Hall of Famers Russell Westbrook and James Harden over the past seven months. With that said, there’s some building blocks in the frontcourt when it comes to these Rockets.
Free-agent signing Christian Wood has played stellar basketball at both the four and five. Meanwhile, rookie undrafted free agent Jae’Sean Tate looks to be an absolute steal at power forward. Adding someone of Suggs’ ilk to the mix could help Houston expedite its rebuild as the team attempts to find some type of identity moving forward.