Rockets should be very excited about Jalen Green after Summer League debut

Rockets draft pick Jalen Green. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Rockets draft pick Jalen Green. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) /

Houston Rockets fans can ramp up the excitement for No. 2 overall pick Jalen Green after his impressive 23-point debut in the NBA Summer League.

NBA Summer League appearances aren’t everything. But a big outing certainly doesn’t do any harm.

In the case of Houston Rockets draft pick Jalen Green, a Summer League appearance is just more reason to get really excited.

Green dropped 23 points for the Rockets in a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in his La Vegas Summer League debut on Sunday.

He showed off his entire skill-set in the game, particularly his devastating step-back.

Jalen Green put up 23 points in his Rockets Summer League debut

Green played 30 minutes and went 9-of-18 from the field. He hit 4-of-9 3-pointers. Along with the 23 points, he added 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

The Rockets used their No. 2 overall selection on Green knowing what kind of talent they were getting. Green looks like every bit the future star.

Obviously, he’ll have to do more than just dominate in the Summer League. It’s still an exceptional start for the young shooting guard, one that should have Houston fans waiting anxiously for the coming season and beyond.

It was a rougher start for No. 3 overall pick Evan Mobley, who was making his debut for the Cavaliers. He had 12 points while hitting just 6-of-17 attempts from the field and committing five turnovers. However, he proved his defensive chops with 3 blocks and a steal.

Green will get his next opportunity to shine on Tuesday when the Rockets take on Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons. That game will air on ESPN. Given what Green managed on Sunday, it should be appointment television.

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