Jalen Green & Alperen Sengun Shine In NBA Summer League Debut
Houston Rockets‘ Jalen Green shined in his NBA Summer League debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Green spent last season playing for the Ignite in the G League and declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. Green was drafted by the Rockets with the second pick. Using his experience from the G League, he was able to make an impressive Summer League debut. Green scored 23 points, five rebounds and two assists in their 84-76 win over Cleveland. Green shot 9 of 18 from the field. The guards’ 23 points led all the starters.
What a debut for @JalenGreen. 🚀
📈 44% from downtown pic.twitter.com/RkRyhv2Vgv
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) August 9, 2021
“The ultimate goal for the G League Ignite was to be a pro and learn the game as much as we can before we head up to the NBA,” Green said after the game. “I think we accomplished that. We learned how to be a pro on and off the court. I think I showed it tonight.”
Green sure accomplished that with his scoring in the first game of the Summer League. Fellow teammate Alperen Sengun also shined in the game. Sengun recorded a double-double in the game. Sengun was the 16th pick of the draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder and traded to Houston. The Turkish player scored 15 points and brought down 15 rebounds in 27 minutes played. He also had four blocks in the game.
— NBA (@NBA) August 9, 2021
The Rockets were without guard Armoni Brooks, who was out due to COVID-19 protocols.