The Washington Huskies currently have two potential NBA first round draft prospects: swingman Terrence Ross and combo guard Tony Wroten. Ross and Wroten both declared early with the belief they'd both be picked early.
Ross gets picked 16th by the Houston Rockets to try and provide Houston with more offensive versatility and become an immediate solid rotation player. .
This pick is widely assumed to be in play, as the Rockets don't have any real need for more rookies on their roster, as they already have solid depth at most every position. Ross is talented enough to be drafted much earlier than this, as his combination of prototypical size, athleticism and perimeter shooting makes him easy to plug in on most teams' rotations.
Wroten gets picked 25th by the Memphis Grizzlies to give them a solid guard rotation, since there is a possibility Memphis could lose O.J. Mayo to free agency.
With luxury tax problems looming for the Grizzlies, their backcourt has plenty of question marks entering next season. The team struggled to find a consistent backup for point guard Mike Conley, while former top-five pick O.J. Mayo is entering free agency and likely expecting a big raise. Tony Wroten isn't ready to step into a playoff rotation right now, but has a great deal of talent which can hopefully be harnessed down the road.
To talk about Ross, Wroten and the Washington Huskies, head on over to UW Dawg Pound. To discuss how Wroten would fit in with Memphis, check out Straight Outta Vancouver. To see what Ross would be like with the Rockets, hit up The Dream Shake.
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