2. Jalen Green
Jalen Green is a 21-year-old scoring guard with extremely high upside, as he's illustrated through the first three years of his NBA career (especially the first two). Green is a three-level scorer who has added some playmaking to his arsenal and has the athleticism to compete on the defensive end.
Green hasn't been the most consistent this season, but he's been tasked to do more than he's had to do on the NBA-level, as the Rockets have sought to make him more than just a scorer. Green has averaged 24.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 60.4 percent true shooting over the last seven games and has been putting it all together of late.
1. 2024 first-round pick (via Brooklyn)
The Brooklyn Nets' 2024 first-round pick is projected to be a lottery pick, as the Nets currently have the eighth-worst record in the league at 20-30. The Nets are also expected to be sellers at the trade deadline, as Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Royce O'Neale could all be on the move.
In other words, the Nets will be doing much more losing after the All-Star break. Which makes their own 2024 first-round draft pick extremely valuable.
So valuable that the Rockets dangled that pick for Mikal Bridges, thinking Nets GM Sean Marks would bite. Granted, the 2024 NBA Draft isn't expected to be any semblance of the 2023 draft class, but a fringe top-five draft pick is valuable in any year.