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Jalen Green Is “A Lock” to Go No. 2 to the Houston Rockets Although He Wants to Go Somewhere Else

Jalen Green was once a top-five player in the 2015 high school class. He was the No. 4 prospect in his state, and No. 3 in the country. He was a five-star point guard, the best in the country, and the best in his class. He was seen as a perfect fit for the Houston Rockets because of his versatility and his ability to play both guard positions.

Jalen Green is “A Lock” to Go No. 2 to the Houston Rockets Although He Wants to Go Somewhere Else by Jace Garland

Jalan is a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward who is capable of playing both inside and outside and is considered a lock to go second overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

The one thing we can count on during the NBA draft in 2021, which takes place on Thursday, July 29, is a lot of surprises. Players will fall out of favor, clubs will make poor draft choices, and there will be a slew of deals. However, it seems like Jalen Green will be selected second overall by the Houston Rockets. 

Green would prefer play for a club other than the Rockets, despite the fact that they seem to be on a collision course. 

Jalen Green is a high NBA draft prospect for 2021.

Jalen Green of the G League Ignite drives to the basket during a G-League game against the Westchester Knicks at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on February 18, 2021 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Jalen Green of the G League Ignite drives to the basket during a G-League game against the Westchester Knicks at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on February 18, 2021 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Jalen Green | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/Jalen Green

Green, a 6-foot-5, 19-year-old NBA draft prospect from California’s San Joaquin Valley, is a 6-foot-5, 19-year-old NBA draft prospect. He attended San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, California, as a rising high school star. According to USA Basketball, he averaged 30.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game during his junior year at the institution.

He moved to Prolific Prep, a basketball school in Northern California, for his final year. He scored 1,008 points in a single season, which was a school record. He was also a McDonald’s All-American, the 2020 Sports Illustrated All-America Player of the Year, and a Naismith Boys High School All-America first team member.

Despite the fact that he had his choice of big-name college basketball scholarships, Green chose to forgo a year of college and pursue a professional career in the G League.

Green was a standout performer for the G League’s Ignite developmental club in the Orlando bubble in 2021. In 15 games, the scoring guard averaged 17.9 points, 2.8 assists, and 4.1 rebounds against seasoned professionals trying to get into (or back into) the NBA. 

Green is regarded as one of the top three prospects in the class of 2021 heading into this year’s draft. Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State and Evan Mobley of USC are the other two best prospects in that group.  

Green aspires to be the first overall selection in the draft. 

Why would Jalen Green be a first-round pick in any other draft? I’ve always admired his mindset, apart from his explosiveness and scoring skills. Ultra-confident. He considers himself to be the greatest player in the draft. When you speak with him, you will notice that he is not a politician. Real tough guy with a low-key hardness. pic.twitter.com/U6REM0HLhg

July 27, 2021 — Mike Schmitz (@Mike Schmitz)

Teams like Green because he is a competitor, in addition to his physique, production, and natural athletic and basketball skill. Green also hopes to be the first selection in the draft, which currently belongs to the Detroit Pistons. 

Despite Green’s desire to go No. 1 and his best efforts to advocate for it, ESPN’s draft expert Jonathan Givony says that his No. 2 position is virtually certain:

Green has a strong desire to be the first overall pick, according to sources, and will host the Pistons for a workout in Southern California before flying to Detroit for a follow-up visit. He’d be OK to play second if that doesn’t happen, and most NBA clubs anticipate that to be the case — some even calling it a certainty. 

Jalen Green, according to Jonathan Givony

Green’s decision is made much more probable by the fact that both Mobley and another top prospect, Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs, have refused to try out for the Rockets. 

When does the NBA draft take place? 

On Thursday, July 28, 2021, at 8 p.m. EST, the NBA draft will take place. The annual player selection ceremony will take held at the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, in Brooklyn, New York. 

Since 2013, the NBA draft has been held in the Barclays Center, and New York’s largest borough will host the event for the eighth time in the past nine years in 2021. Due to COVID-19-related limitations, the NBA held the 2020 draft at ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Connecticut. 

There are many ways to watch the events on television. The first round will be aired on ABC, while the whole draft will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN’s streaming services. 

Basketball Reference provided all stats.

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