The Houston Rockets have one of the toughest decisions to make of any NBA front office. Who to select with the second pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. What makes the second overall pick the most difficult selection is the combination of near-endless possibilities mixed with not having your first choice.
Imagine finding out a long-lost super-rich uncle has passed away (R.I.P.) and he has left you an exotic car from an expansive collection. Now, imagine that he has also left a car to your sibling and gave them the first pick.
Chances are there would be one car that clearly stood above the rest, the prized jewel of his collection, and that’s the one that your sibling will select. This then leaves you in the enviable, yet incredibly difficult, position of determining which car is the second best.
It is this exact situation that the Rockets find themselves in as the 2021 NBA Draft quickly approaches. Cade Cunningham has long been penciled in as the top pick, which leaves the Rockets the task of deciding which of the trio of Evan Mobley, Jalen Green, and Jalen Suggs is best.
Many draft big boards have Mobley as the second overall prospect but, due to the presence of Christian Wood, one of Jalen Green or Jalen Suggs, both guards, make for a better fit in Houston. Rockets general manager, Rafael Stone, said that he is looking for “star potential,” and no one has more of that than Jalen Green.
Green is a highlight machine and has the go-to scoring ability that only the best players in the league possess. While the rest of Green’s game will take time to develop, he will walk into the NBA and be a 20 points per game scorer from the get-go.
The Rockets already have an All-Star caliber center in Christian Wood and with the health and age-related decline that has beset John Wall and Eric Gordon, the franchise needs some fresh blood in the backcourt. Jalen Green might be behind Evan Mobley on the big board, but if he were an exotic car he’d be the clear-cut number one pick. These three reasons the Rockets should select Green, and not Mobley, with the second overall pick.
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