Jalen Green is one of the highly recruited players in the 2021 NBA Draft. Green was ranked the number one high school player in 2020, but he decided not to play in college. Instead, he agreed to play for the G-League Ignite. The Ignite is filled with young talent to develop in the G-League rather than play in college.
While Green did not attend college, he was thriving in the G-League bubble and now is a top 5 prospect in this upcoming NBA draft. Here are the parts to Green’s game that he can bring for the Detroit Pistons.
Shooting in the Paint
Even though Green is 6’6″ and weighs 180 pounds, he is not afraid to drive down to the paint. Green is not one of those guys who will be making three after three. Instead, he prefers to attack down to the paint. Additionally, Green prefers to shoot closer to the basket than most players want to shoot today. He only shot 36.5% from 3-point, but he shot 69.1% from 5 ft and in when playing in the G-League.
If the Pistons decide to draft, Green can make a significant impact on shooting in the paint. He could either run on a fastbreak and get a pass from a guard like Hayes or Lee. Or he could also drive down to the paint on the offensive end, but if not open, he can either kick it out to players like Jerami Grant or pass it down in the post to Isaiah Stewart.
Off the Ball Movement
Green does not need the ball in his hands for the whole game. He is known for his ability to get open off the ball. From being able to create an open shot for himself, he can call for alley-oops and lobs. Green is one of the most skilled players in the draft at finding ways to get open without dribbling the ball.
His ability to get open off the ball is perfect for the Pistons. The Pistons offensive is mainly run pass to the open shot mentality, and he is all about focusing on finding smart shots to take. If the Pistons drafted him, Green can get an off-ball screen from players like Saddiq Bey or Josh Jackson, then once open, can either drive down to the paint or shot from the mid-range. Green’s off-ball skill can be a significant boost for the team, especially the style of unselfish play the team plays down on the offensive side of the ball.
Who does Green play like?
Multiple scouts believe that Jalen Green’s game is similar to Zach Lavine. He has similarities to Lavine when it comes down to driving down and shooting in the paint. Lavine is known for his high flying dunks and explosion, similar to how Green is on the floor. Therefore, the Pistons possibly can bring Green to build on the young core the team is establishing.