The Houston Rockets selected Jalen Green in this year’s draft with the second overall pick. This year’s draft class has some promising young talented prospects as the league is entering the second week of the season.
Green is slowly living up to the hype as many believe that he can take home Rookie of the Year over Cade Cunningham and others.
Looking at the Houston Rockets This Season
With veteran point guard John Wall out for an undetermined amount of time due to an agreement that Wall and management had in the offseason, this has given the young core some more playing time at the start of the season.
Wall will most likely not play this season as the franchise is looking for a trade partner to take on his contract, but he also has a player option for next season that is worth over $47.3 million.
Realistically, a trade would be more feasible next offseason as the team most likely wouldn’t have to give up a plethora of draft picks to move him.
The Rockets are in rebuild mode and have no reason to play Wall unless a number of injuries should arise. The Rockets had two first-round picks this year as they selected Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun.
Sengun’s best performance came in the season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jalen Green has started the season relatively quiet before his explosive performance against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
The Rockets will certainly continue to rely on their young core and the few veterans they have on their roster prior to the trade deadline.
Rookie Jalen Green may be settling into his new environment but he has the G-League Ignite experience of playing against tough opponents.
Jalen Green Ties an NBA Record Set By a Teenager
Jalen Green has the potential to become a terrific scorer in the league as he put his skills on full display in just the third game of his young professional career.
The Rockets may have lost to the Celtics 107-97, but there is something the franchise can look forward to as he further develops. Green started the season just scoring nine points in each of his first two games and struggled shooting from the field.
However, in the loss against the Celtics, Green had a night to remember as he accumulated 30 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. He also knocked down eight shots from behind the arc in ten attempts.
He made a number of impressive shots off the dribble which included a buzzer-beater in the first quarter.
He also showed off his athleticism as he drove to the rim without any hesitation.
His dunk in the fourth quarter garnered a lot of attention as he was able to avoid opposing defenders in mid-air.
His accuracy from the three-point line allowed him to join an exclusive club as he tied the NBA record for most three-pointers made by a teenager that was only held by last year’s first overall pick Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and set a franchise record in the process.
Green also tied Yao Ming for the most points by a Rockets rookie in the last two decades.
Keep on the lookout because it will not be the last time Green scores 30 points in his career and maybe this season.