Jalen Green was a projected top-five NBA draft pick entering the G League bubble, and he's delivering on those expectations. Lottery teams can now start thinking about how he fits with their roster, feeling more confident that he's the real deal.
Through eight G League games, Green is averaging 17.6 points and 2.5 assists while shooting 50.0 percent overall and 37.8 percent from three. Those numbers aren't far off from Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham, the favorite to be selected No. 1 overall, who's playing against weaker competition.
With Green likely to draw consideration from every team picking early in the 2021 NBA draft, we pinpointed his best and most interesting fits. We only considered teams currently projected to miss the playoffs.
If the Atlanta Hawks draft Green, they could eventually unleash one of the NBA's highest-scoring backcourts. He could be the missing piece for a team that needs another creator to take pressure off Trae Young.
Joining a lineup with such a ball-dominant guard would require an adjustment for Green. But he's proving to be adaptable in the G League bubble with his role and new teammates.
Few ball-handlers are capable of drawing more defensive attention than Young, whose gravity should lead to more space for Green and less need to create something out of nothing.
Between Green's isolation game, improved shot-making and secondary playmaking, he'd make an already-potent starting lineup tougher to defend.
The Detroit Pistons can offer Green a giant rookie role. He'd get the start right away and No. 2-option touches in a lineup that features budding scorer Jerami Grant.
Detroit would be an attractive landing spot for Green because of how many on-ball reps he'd receive to test and strengthen his creation skills and build his playmaking IQ.