Re-drafting the 2021 NBA Draft — 24. Kessler Edwards, Rockets
Speaking of wing depth, Kessler Edwards would get immediate run for the young Rockets. He earned a real role in Brooklyn’s rotation this season, and despite the inconsistency of the roster around him, it quickly became clear Edwards is part of what the Nets are building. He’s one of the few defenders on the team and his versatility at 6-foot-8 is extremely useful for such a small, flexible team.
The Rockets have the chance to deploy Edwards with similar effectiveness. He can switch around defensively and he’s already a passable spot-up shooter. Houston has a lot of ball-dominant youngsters who tend to freelance and play selective defense. This re-draft would reshape the roster quite dramatically — probably for the better.
Edwards still has plenty of time to grow at 21 years old, and his physical tools suggest untapped potential. He has great size and mobility for a wing. That said, even if he tops out as a useful 3-and-D wing, there are roughly 30 NBA teams who need useful 3-and-D wings.