2. Jalen Green
Green leaped into an elite scorer in year two, and the 21-year-old just keeps getting better. He was 23rd in the NBA in scoring this season at 22.1 points per game, but there is still plenty of room to improve his shot selection and efficiency.
The 6’4 guard is a bucket that has All-Star potential.
Green was the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and no player from his class is currently averaging more than his 19.9 career points. He had the advantage of playing for a rebuilding team, but his ability to score is unquestioned.
What could the Rockets get for Green if they put him on the market? Would two first-round picks be enough? Could they get a third? Would the acquiring team have to throw in pick swaps? In the NBA trade market, it only takes one.
Green’s defense is a massive question mark, but players able to score 20-plus every night on a rookie contract are few and far between. There would certainly be plenty of interest, and that means at least one organization willing to pay a massive price.
Jalen Green is not even the Houston Rockets' most valuable trade assets as that lies with the potential number one pick in this year’s draft.