Houston Rockets star guard Jalen Green has drawn comparisons to Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, as both players have posted similar numbers through their first two seasons in the NBA. Both players averaged an exact 22.1 points in their second season, followed by a notch over three assists and three rebounds.
Green had a much better rookie season, as he averaged 17.3 points compared to Booker's 13.8 points, but both players averaged right around three rebounds and three assists, once more. As time went on, Booker eventually developed some playmaking chops, as he averaged a hair under seven assists in consecutive seasons in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
This is the next step for Green, as his facilitation bag has been rather barren.
However, Green's playmaking was on display in the Rockets' preseason opener. Thank God, because his free throw shooting was horrid.
The Rockets' first basket in Tuesday's game against the Indiana Pacers came by way of a drive-and-dish to center Alperen Sengun, which was perfectly placed.
Houston Rockets shooting guard Jalen Green's playmaking will be key in Thursday's preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Green found Sengun once more in the second quarter with a sweet bounce pass.
Green also found teammate Jae'Sean Tate in the second quarter, showcasing great court vision.
Green will have the opportunity to showcase his playmaking skills in Rockets coach Ime Udoka's offensive system, as the Gregg Popovich disciple has an offensive philosophy that's predicated on ball movement and everyone touching the ball.
It'll be interesting to see if Green will be able to continue facilitating for his teammates and dishing timely passes in Thursday's preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Green and Sengun had quite the connection in the opener and if Green is able to sustain his playmaking prowess, he could help unlock the Rockets' Turkish center.
It doesn't stop there, however. Green could be the key to unlocking the Rockets' offense as a whole this season.