Jabari Smith looked like the No. 1 overall pick, but things changed just before this draft and the Orlando Magic picked Paolo Banchero.
Then the Oklahoma City Thunder stayed true to their pick and selected Chet Holmgren.
Then the Houston Rockets selected Smith with the third overall pick.
As Auburn fans, we all know Smith’s talent.
You could see on his face that he was upset that he had dropped to third place. One thing NBA teams should be afraid of is an upset Smith.
Smith is the best shooter in this draft class, and he will be able to show it in Houston.
The Houston Rockets have talented young players like Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr.
With Smith’s help, this Rocket’s team has a chance to go from the NBA’s worst record to a playoff team.
The Auburn community is upset that Smith dropped to the third pick, but in the end, none of that matters.
He’ll be in a great position to start his rookie year and play a good number of minutes for the Rockets.
A good example of why it doesn’t matter where you are chosen is Michael Jordan. Like Smith, Jordan was selected third overall, showing that no matter where you get drafted, the sky is the limit.
It’s safe to say that every Auburn fan is an honorary Houston Rockets fan going forward.