An injury could not have come at a worse time for Green, as he appeared to be on the fringes of finally clicking in the NBA. From November 10 to November 24, Green averaged 14.5 points per game on 42% shooting. Considering the mountain of dysfunction around him, those numbers aren’t bad at all.
Green is going to get as many shots as he wants when he’s healthy. Houston is not going to win a ton of games this season, but as long as they manage to stay respectable and Green manages to put up some solid performances, the Rockets will likely view this season as a success.
NBA Rookie Ladder: Franz Wagner has outperformed Jalen Green.
While Suggs struggles with inefficiency and now a fractured thumb that will sideline him indefinitely, Orlando can at least be pleased with the performance of Wagner. Thrust into the starting lineup early due to injuries, the Michigan alum is making it hard for Jamahl Mosley to take him out.
Wagner continues to score (13.4 points per game), improve his efficiency (43% from the field), and make plays on defense (1.0 steals per game). Wagner may have been the second of the Magic’s two first-round picks, but he has been the unquestioned better selection through one-quarter of this season.