The 2021-22 NBA season may be the most uneventful year for Houston Rockets fans. After all, they currently sport a 1-15 record for last place in the league. They will probably miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
While most Rockets fans are probably bored out of their wits, rookie guard Jalen Green is in the most exciting chapter of his young career. Green's dream has been fulfilled. But the 2021 second overall pick is not here simply to go through the motions. He wants a more significant role. It does not bother him that he's just 19-years-old.
This seems like a daring declaration by a teenager who has not even played one entire season. However, if you know a thing or two about Green's past — particularly his road to the NBA — then you will understand where this courage comes from.
When he was in high school, Green was already deemed a stud. He received scholarship offers from basketball programs such as Arizona, Florida State, USC, Auburn, Oregon, and Memphis.
But in an interesting turn of events, Green opted to decline these offers and ink a one-year deal with NBA G League Ignite — a developmental basketball team affiliated with the NBA G League established in 2020. Green became the highest-drafted G-League product of all time. He was later joined by prospects like Isaiah Todd and Jonathan Kuminga. Both young guns are now playing for the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors, respectively.
From the looks of it, Green has a history of betting on himself. It takes extraordinary courage for a high school stud to suppose himself eligible to play with the big boys. It takes one heck of a human being to want to be the loudest voice in a locker room of grown men.