The Dream starting 5 for the Rockets 5 years from now

Does Rockets young talent blossom in 5 years?
Houston Rockets, Jabari Smith Jr.
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SG: Jalen Green

The number two overall pick in 2021 averaged 22 points per game last season. The 21-year-old does not get a ton of hype in part because the Rockets have won 42 games in his two seasons with the team, but fans know he has massive potential.

The 6’4 guard must improve his efficiency, shot selection, and defense to become a star. He shot just 41.6 percent from the field last season and 33.8 percent from 3-point range. Green will benefit from the addition of Fred VanVleet. The All-Star should get the young talent some open looks and draw away defensive attention.

Green must take another step with his playmaking too. Getting to five assists per game would be a massive boost for the franchise. Jalen Green has the potential to be one of the league’s best scorers, but he must round out his game to reach his ceiling.

In five years, the 6’4 guard will be 26 years old and beginning his prime. The Houston Rockets hope he is an elite scorer who averages 27 points, five assists, and five rebounds per game while being an average defender. It will take a ton of improvement, but the former second-overall pick certainly has the ability.