Rockets: Why Jalen Green's comments about Detroit were right

Anthony Duckett
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The worst-kept secret heading into the NBA Draft was that Jalen Green wanted to be drafted first overall. Green only worked out for the Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets, and rightfully so, as he was regarded as a top-two pick, with some even suggesting that he was the top pick overall. 

Green certainly believed as much, which shouldn't come as a surprise, as he was ESPN's top-rated prep prospect just one year ago, in a class that featured Cade Cunningham, the top overall pick in the 2021 draft. Green did all he could to sell the Pistons on why he was the best choice for them at #1, going so far as to say he wanted to live in Detroit, which was eye-opening, to say the least, as the blue-collar centric city isn't exactly something that one would imagine would be appealing to a 19-year-old California kid.

And especially not one with the personality, style, and swag that Green possesses, which was made clear on draft night, as he rocked a sparkling gray pinstriped Balmain suit, with diamonds bright enough to blind anyone that came within 100 feet of the star guard. On Monday, Green spoke with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports and clarified what he meant by his comments about wanting to be the top pick, while giving a pretty transparent assessment of the city of Detroit.