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NBA Mock Draft: Houston Rockets Select Jerian Grant From Notre Dame

SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading "their" team's pick. We continue with the next pick in the 2015 NBA Mock Draft, with The Dream Shake selecting Jerian Grant from Notre Dame.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #18 -- Jerian Grant, Guard, Notre Dame

SB Nation's Rockets blog, The Dream Shake, explains the pick:

With the 18th pick, the Rockets go against what many predicted from them (Tyus Jones, still on the board) and select Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant. Grant was one of the best players in the country last year and provides ideal size (6-4) as a running mate for James Harden. Grant needs to work on his jumper, but his defensive ability and ballhandling will compensate as he improves from outside (which he will).

Jones is the analytical darling and had an outstanding freshman year at Duke. But he's 6-foot-nothing and runs and jumps worse than Jason Terry. He can shoot (37 percent from deep last year) but isn't exactly a deadly option. Grant is more physically ready to play high minutes in 2015-2016, when the Rockets will be all in for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

1) Minnesota Timberwolves: KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS

2) Los Angeles Lakers: JAHLIL OKAFOR

3) Phoenix Suns (via Philadelphia 76ers): D'ANGELO RUSSELL

4) New York Knicks: JUSTISE WINSLOW

5) Orlando Magic: WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN

6) Philadelphia 76ers (via Sacramento Kings): MARIO HEZONJA

7) Denver Nuggets: EMMANUEL MUDIAY

8) Boston Celtics (via Detroit Pistons): KRISTAPS PRIZINGIS

9) Utah Jazz (via Charlotte Hornets): MYLES TURNER

10) Philadelphia 76ers (via Miami Heat): STANLEY JOHNSON

11) Indiana Pacers: CAMERON PAYNE

12) Utah Jazz: DEVIN BOOKER

13) Miami Heat (from the 76ers via the Phoenix Suns): FRANK KAMINSKY

14) Oklahoma City Thunder: KELLY OUBRE

15) Atlanta Hawks: BOBBY PORTIS

16) Detroit Pistons (via Boston Celtics): JUSTIN ANDERSON

17) Phoenix Suns (via Milwaukee Bucks): MONTREZL HARRELL

18) Houston Rockets: JERIAN GRANT

19) Washington Wizards

20) Toronto Raptors

21) Dallas Mavericks

22) Chicago Bulls

23) Portland Trail Blazers

24) Cleveland Cavaliers

25) Memphis Grizzlies

26) San Antonio Spurs

27) Los Angeles Lakers

28) Boston Celtics

29) Brooklyn Nets

30) Golden State Warriors

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16) Boston Celtics

17) Milwaukee Bucks

18) Houston Rockets

19) Washington Wizards

20) Toronto Raptors

21) Dallas Mavericks

22) Chicago Bulls

23) Portland Trail Blazers

24) Cleveland Cavaliers

25) Memphis Grizzlies

26) San Antonio Spurs

27) Los Angeles Lakers

28) Boston Celtics

29) Brooklyn Nets

30) Golden State Warriors