The efficiency numbers for Green don’t look great, as Houston is letting their No. 2 pick chuck it up as frequently as possible with the aim of improving his scoring skills. After eschewing college, 14.5 points per game is a very solid number for a player as gifted as he is.
While he hasn’t always been the best on the defensive end, and while his numbers have done little to translate into Houston victories, Green has reminded us all that the flashes everyone saw in G League and high school play translated to the NBA. After a few games, Houston has to be pleased with their return.
NBA Rookie Ladder: Jalen Green is scoring at a solid rate.
Duarte’s scoring numbers have dipped slightly as the season has gone on, and they could shrink even more when TJ Warren returns, but that is no reason to qualify or disparage the accomplishments he’s earned this season. The former Oregon star looks like a solid 3-and-D player that can thrive on this team for years to come.
Duarte was expected to come in and contribute right away given how he’s older than most lottery picks, and he’s done so without taking a ton of shots away from Domantas Sabonis. If Indiana wants to turn the season around, Duarte will have a huge part to play.