The Houston Rockets' highly touted Filipino American draft pick Jalen Green made his NBA Summer League debut on Sunday, scoring 23 points in 9 of 18 shooting. He nailed 4 triples, while grabbing 5 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. His coaches touted his defensive play as well.
After the 84-76 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Green told reporters that the experience was fun and similar to his time in the G League bubble. He added that he enjoyed having fans in the stands.
While the 19-year-old has been eager to represent his Filipino roots, he's also eager to represent the NBA G League's professional pathway program. Green was one of the first prep-to-pro athletes to undergo the program earlier this year. "The beginning of the G League, they said we're not going to win no games. They pretty much doubted us, from the coaches to the players, so I'm trying to put on a show for my teammates, my coaches; They all helped me get to this point, so I’m trying to represent them as much as I can," said Green.
The Rockets' next game is scheduled for tuesday. It's against the Detroit Pistons and the No. 1 overall draft pick, Cade Cunningham.