The 2021 NBA Draft will be an important event for teams to build for their future. Here is the Jalen Green 2021 NBA Draft Profile.
Jalen Green Background
Size: 6-foot-6, 178 pounds
2021 stats: 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.3 blocks per game, 1.5 steals per game, 46.1% FG, 36.5% 3PT, 82.9% FT
Green is another player who didn’t benefit from the marketing power of college basketball and instead chose to go to the NBA G-League. Either way, it has paid off for his draft stock, as he will likely be selected very early in the 2021 NBA Draft.
In the 2020 recruiting class, Green was a five-star recruit and had offers from all over America. He decided to skip college and join the new G-League prospect program. For the G-League Ignite, Green was able to averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, as he received pro coaching. The experience of playing in the G-League is a unique one that is new to this draft class.
After one year in the G-League, Green is preparing for the 2021 NBA Draft. He is currently projected to be a top 10 pick.
For a shooting guard, Green has solid height, length and athleticism. He stands at 6-foot-6 and has nice length to go with his height. Green will look the part of an NBA from a height/length perspective, but has nice athleticism with a good first step and solid leaping ability. This will aid him on both ends of the floor at the NBA level.
Green is a good shooter from a variety of ranges on the court. He shot 46.1 percent from the floor in his 15 games at the G-League level. This includes his 36.5 percent shooting from deep. Taking into account that he went from high school to the NBA 3-point line, this is a solid percentage that will likely improve during his first few years in the league.
When the ball is in his hands, Green is a dangerous player. Green is a creative ballhandler who can get to the basket or step back and shoot off the dribble. He shoots well enough to be decent at the step back jumpers and he has the athleticism to finish at the basket once he gets into the lane. Creating his own shot will not be a problem.
Green is going to need to add weight to his frame to compete at an NBA level. He is 6-foot-6, but the G-League listed him at just 178 pounds. Green needs to get stronger, as their are shorter point guards who will be able to have a strength advantage on him. To compete with some of the best wings in the game, Green needs to start by hitting the weight room.
His defensive activity and awareness both need to be improved. He can go spurts without being engaged and can give up baskets. Green also has defensive lapses because he doesn’t understand how offenses are attacking him. On top of that, his weight makes it so that he can be overpowered.
In the G-League, he showed flashes of being a solid passer, but he can really improve his game by focusing on getting his teammates involved. There are times where he will miss the open man or misread a pick and roll. He has shown the capability to read things right, but needs to do it with more consistency. To go with his misreads, he also turns the ball over too much, as he had a 2.8 to 2.7 assist to turnover ration. Improved passing will make the ratio way better than a 1 to 1 proposition.
Projected Draft Range: Top 10 Pick
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