Digging into Jalen Green’s return for the Rockets
If injuries weren’t the reason, this is where Green’s inexperience emerges. The Pacers quickly realized they had to respect Green behind the arc and defenders wasted no time in closing him. There were several times where all Green had to do was pump a scythe and his defender would have flown helplessly past him.
A more experienced player would have used his hot 3-point shooting night to penetrate the defense. Once the first line of defense is burned out, easy layups and single pass readings open up.
This play by Eric Gordon shows just how much experience can lead to easy buckets. The Gordon pump pretends and has an easy ride way to the rim. Deception, not speed, is the best way to beat a defender. Green should look to his veteran teammates to improve in this area.
The good news is that Green flashed times when he used his 3-point gravity to his advantage. In this room, Green’s threat of shooting forces his defender to fight on a screen and opens up an easy driving lane that Green takes full advantage of. As soon as the help defender arrives, Green does a simple read so Jae’Sean Tate easily pulls over the edge.
In this clip, Green, once again, uses his gravity to his advantage. His defender tries to stay right on his jersey behind the arc, which gives Green an easy opportunity to step him up, and once he’s got it, he seals the deal with a finish to the edge.
As Green sheds the rust, gains experience, and feels more confident in his hamstrings, he’ll know how to make better use of his impressive 3-point shooting range. The league’s top scorers score points even if they don’t have their shot. Green has all the characteristics to be this type of player, he just needs to continue to have reps against the best players in the world.
Jalen Green seems ready to shake off his slow start. Scoring first guards traditionally takes time to adjust to the NBA. The first 18 games were bad, but the next 18 should be better, and the next 18 should alert the whole league.