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Houston Rockets: 3 historical comparisons for Jalen Green

James Piercey
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As the NBA finals draw to a conclusion, fans of the Houston Rockets can be forgiven if they’re thinking a little bit ahead. The NBA draft has the potential to yield the face of the franchise. The only question remaining is whose face that’s going to be?

Some Rockets fans are still holding out hope that it could be Cade Cunningham, as the Rockets are reportedly in an aggressive pursuit of the Pistons’ number one pick. Others still are enamored with the versatility of Evan Mobley, calling for the Rockets to return to their storied legacy of building around big men. Finally, the possibility of trading down always looms. Jalen Suggs, for example, looks pretty appealing if he comes with OG Anunoby.

For many, however, the writing feels like it’s on the wall, and it’s written in Green ink.

Jalen Green is already a superstar and it’s not hard to see why. With more followers on Instagram than Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley combined, a flashy personality and game to boot, the public is already convinced that Green is a star. Outside of his social media fame and razzle-dazzle, there is real on-court value in drafting a guy who can generate buckets at will. Green’s combination of positional versatility, length, explosiveness, and mid-air creativity screams long-term go-to scorer.

As exciting as that potential is, go-to scorers have run a gamut in NBA history, from Sixth Man of the Year candidates to franchise players. It only makes sense to look at some historical comparisons for Green. Here, we’ll offer a floor, median, and ceiling comparison for the exciting young guard.

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