Reason #2 why the Houston Rockets should select Jalen Green in the NBA Draft: Best scorer
Basketball at its core is all about buckets. Scoring has been and will always remain the most important skill in the game. Players can be great through their defense, preventing scoring, or through their passing, creating shots for others, but the fact remains that players that can create and convert their own points will always reign supreme.
As a pure scorer, no player in this draft is as talented as Jalen Green. He bested both Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs in scoring volume and efficiency and did so against professionals, not Pac-12 and WCC amateurs.
While Suggs and Mobley are viewed as his competition for the second pick, Green, as a scorer, holds his own with the presumptive number one pick, Cade Cunningham. On a per-minute basis, his scoring was essentially on par with Cunningham’s and he did that without the benefit of a college 3-point line or helpless Big-12 defenders.
Jalen Green vs Cade Cunningham per 36 minutes
PTS FGA FTA 2P% 3P% FT%
Jalen Green: 20.2 15.3 2.6 52.9% 36.5% 82.9%
Cunningham: 20.5 15.0 5.9 46.1% 40.0% 84.6%
Green is a monster in transition, makes instinctive cuts to the basket, and is near unstoppable in isolation situations due to his combination of burst, body control, and shooting touch. Cunningham has a more advanced bag of tricks, but in terms of raw scoring horsepower, Green is a few steps ahead of the competition.
As Green’s game matures there won’t be a thing defenders can do to stop him. Usually, hyper-athletic guards enter the league with questions about their jump shot, but Green looks set to be an average 3-point shooter from day one.
There are concerns about Green’s passing and defensive focus but when it comes to his scoring there are no doubts. Green looks poised to have multiple seasons where he averages 25 plus points per game and is the best bet from this draft class to win a scoring title.
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