2. Less Jalen Green
The Rockets need Green to take a step forward if they are going to return to the playoffs. The talented 21-year-old can get buckets, but his efficiency has to improve if Houston plans to rack up wins. Green’s 48.5 effective field goal percentage ranked 423rd in the NBA last season among all 539 men who played a single minute.
Through three games, Green’s has dipped 43.0. His field goal and 3-point percentages have declined each year. To make matters worse, the 21-year-old averages 3.3 turnovers so far this year, which ranks 22nd in the NBA. He has committed ten giveaways with just five assists in the early going.
Jalen Green is one of the most talented Rockets, but Udoka and his staff must find ways to improve his efficiency. They have him getting to the rim more, but need to cut the mid-range jumpers, which have been 22 percent of his field goal attempts thus far.
The 6’4 guard needs to get his teammates involved or the Houston Rockets have to get the ball out of his hands. They will not be a winning team with their top scorer averaging twice as many turnovers as assists. The Rockets need a little less from Green and a bit more from Fred VanVleet, Alperen Sengun, and Jabari Smith Jr. if they plan on contending.