Underperformed: Jalen Green
Yes, I know what you're thinking. Jalen Green's 3-point efficiency has skyrocketed this season, as he's shooting a stellar 40 percent from deep, on a viable five attempts per game. Scoring efficiency has been Green's biggest weakness throughout his career, as he's been largely viewed as an inefficient shot-chucker
This season, Green has averaged 19 points on 41.2 percent from the field, 40 percent from three, 77.6 percent from the charity stripe, and 54.6 percent true shooting. Aside from the improvement from long-range, Green's averages have been quite the same as his first two seasons.
This is the concerning part, as the Rockets need Green to take a third-year leap if they want to make a deep postseason run. And many believe that the Rockets need Green to morph into a star to justify selecting him second overall in the 2021 NBA Draft over Evan Mobley.
Especially considering that the Rockets need a rim protecting big man and wouldn't have this deficit if they would've drafted Mobley.
Granted, Green has found ways to impact the game and make winning plays even when his shots aren't falling, which was evident in the Rockets' latest victory over the Denver Nuggets, as Green went 1-of-13 but still had five assists and zero turnovers.
Green's free throw shooting has also been far too inconsistent, as he's had multiple games this season in which he's made fewer than 30 percent of his free throws. By contrast, he's shot 80 percent or better from the charity stripe in six of the Rockets' games, which proves that he *could* be more consistent if he simple concentrated a bit more at the line.
But the flashes have been there, and he's been significantly better on the defensive end of the floor this season. He's changed the narrative that he's unable to contribute in ways beyond scoring.
However, his scoring inefficiency needs to drastically improve.