NBA Draft Blog
VP of Player Personnel Gersson Rosas weighs in with his thoughts
Gersson Rosas has been with the Rockets organization for seven years. He enters his second season as Vice President of Player Personnel for the Houston Rockets and General Manager of the the Rio Grande Vally Vipers, the Rockets NBA Development League affiliate.
Rockets.com will be providing all the updates from Gersson as he send us his thoughts regarding the lengthy draft process.
Minneapolis - The draft beat continues in Minneapolis, home of this year's group workouts.
The workouts are put together by your own Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Phoenix Suns, and are hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Over a four day period, 42 draft prospects work out in front of 29 of the NBA's 30 teams.
This serves as a strategic complement to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Prospects come to nearby Minneapolis to showcase their skills in a live competition format, as permitted by league rules.
While the combine is more focused on skill testing, physical/medical evaluation and interviews, the group workouts offer the ability to evaluate players matching up in game-like settings.
While we don't make a draft decision based on any single on-court session, these workouts are a valuable tool in our overall evaluation process. They allow us to form the right questions and bring up the proper discussions, giving us even deeper insight into our overall evaluation process. These workouts also serve as an efficient vehicle for evaluating a wide pool of players in one setting.
Marching on towards the Draft, next stop Houston for private draft workouts...
Chicago - The NBA’s pre-draft camp offers talent evaluators from all 30 NBA teams the opportunity to evaluate some of the top draft prospects for the upcoming draft. In previous years, the camp served as an opportunity to see some of the best draft eligible players competing on the same floor against each other. With more and more players choosing to forgo the on-court workouts, the camp has evolved into an opportunity for teams to find out as much as they can about potential draft picks and to get confirmations on various physical measurables such as heights, weights, body fat, etc…
As the regular season comes to an end, the scouting season shifts into high gear as the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago gets underway...
This portion of the draft process emphasizes the personal element, as our staff is able to meet and interact with numerous prospects.
After spending years following these players throughout their collegiate careers, it's helpful to have the opportunity to sit down with them in order to review their experiences.
The interview phase is productive in that it gives us an insight into the prospect in terms of his personality and approach. We try to get to know guys on a personal level both on and off the court, hopefully without all the silly questions you might imagine.
The interview is but one facet of our overall evaluation process but it paints a strong picture of the prospect, and is a critical piece to the evaluation puzzle.
The Combine also serves as a platform to visit with other teams and agents to stay on top of what's going on around the league.
The more we evaluate this draft, the deeper we feel it is, and getting to know as many of these prospects as possible is an essential ingredient to our preparation for draft day.
Good times in Chicago!