Houston Rockets select Jalen Green with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft

The 19-year-old is coming to Houston
The 19-year-old is coming to Houston

HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets selected G-League Ignite star guard Jalen Green with the No. 2 overall pick Thursday in the NBA Draft.

Green, 19, was the one-rated guard in the draft and second overall prospect. He is 6′6″ and is expected to be a shooting guard in the league.

Green averaged 17.7 points per game for Ignite and shot 36.5% from the three-point range. He’s very athletic, can create off the dribble, and as his numbers show he is consistent from long range.

Green won gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, and 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

The only other time the Rockets drafted a player second overall was in 1970 with the selection of Rudy Tomjanovich. Houston also acquired the draft rights to Steve Francis, who was the No. 2 overall pick by Vancouver in the 1999 NBA Draft. Including Francis, the second overall pick has produced 16 Rookie of the Year winners, most recently Ja Morant in 2019-20 and Kevin Durant in 2007-08.

The Rockets had a busy night ahead being in the first round of the draft for the first time as a franchise since 2015.

The team traded with Oklahoma City Thunder to select center Alperen Sengun, a Turkish League star, with the 16th pick and closed out the round with Usman Alari and Joshua Christopher, with the 23rd and 24th picks respectively.