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Alperen Sengun selected by Rockets after trade with Thunder

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The Houston Rockets have selected Alperen Sengun as the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft after trading up and sending a couple of picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder as they add to their insane load of draft picks.

Sengun was one of the more intriguing prospects in this year’s class. It seems like the Rockets believe that he could be worth the shot. Perhaps the Rockets saw the rankings of ESPN’s Kevin Pelton and maybe this was enough to convince them to take the Turkish stud.

At 6-foot-10, Alperen Sengun is pretty mobile for his size, always making him an interesting 2021 NBA Draft prospect. He has shown steady ball-handling ability and can take the ball coast-to-coast after grabbing the rebound. The recently turned 19-year-old is an aggressive runner on the open floor and will be able to outrun other bigs in transition.

In the half-court, Sengun possesses great footwork in the post and a pretty deep bag with the way he can put the ball in the basket. He also has a quick first step that allows him to get past slower defenders and can also occasionally throw down mean dunks. These should get Rockets fans going crazy.

On the other side, Alperen Sengun has shown potential as a great interior defender. He uses his verticality well and is also capable of bringing some rim protection. It’s why he rose in so many mock 2021 NBA Draft boards. While it could take some time for Sengun to adjust to the NBA game, he has shown that he can make an impact on the end of the floor as well.

As Pelton mentioned, Sengun absolutely dominated the Basketball Super League in his home country of Turkey. He won MVP honors at the age of 18 and per Pelton’s metrics, produced numbers that were within the ballpark of Luka Doncic and Anthony Davis. If that’s the indication of how a prospect will turn out in the NBA, then Alperen Sengun undoubtedly would have gone much earlier. Nonetheless, it seems like the Rockets are going to be happy with bringing him on board during the 2021 NBA Draft.