What They're Saying: Grading Rockets draft

What They're Saying: Grading Rockets draft
June 29, 2013, 4:15 pm
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The Rockets didn't have a first-round pick but they used their second-rounder on Isaiah Canaan from Murray State.

Canaan, the 34th overall pick, averaged 21.8 points, 4.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds in his senior season.

"We feel that we got an accomplished point guard that has a lot of experience: a playmaker, also a great shooter, and a solid defender," said Arturas Karnisovas, the Rockets' Director of Scouting. "He comes from a program with great defensive fundamentals, so we thought we got a great pick today."

Our in-house NBA Draft expert Matt Catagnus said the Rockets were winners in the draft, even with only one pick.

Here's a look at how some national basketball minds viewed the Rockets' draft:

Matt Moore, from CBS Sports, gave the Rockets a B- for their pick of Canaan. "They need point guard depth but he tends to attack into the trees too much," Moore writes.

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix gave the Rockets a B+ for the entire draft.

"The Rockets landed a projected first-round pick in Isaiah Canaan, a quick, sharpshooting playmaker who could immediately back up Jeremy Lin," Mannix writes. "They would have liked to move Thomas Robinson on draft night, but they can do that later."

Finally, Adi Joseph from USA Today, gave the Rockets an A- for their 34th pick.

"Canaan is the perfect fit for the Rockets, who needed a backup for Jeremy Lin and could use another shooter," Joseph writes.