Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green has been selected by a panel of ESPN analysts and journalists to win the 2021-22 Rookie of the Year award, chosen from Cade Cunningham and Jalen Suggs.
Green was drafted into the All-Summer League second team with 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and two assists per game in the Summer League in Las Vegas.
He was playing well after three games in the tournament, then a hamstring injury sidelined him for the rest of the summer.
Green has managed to impress in his short term this summer.
The 2021 second overall pick is set to gain hefty minutes in Stephen Silas training as a starting shooting guard alongside Kevin Porter Jr. in the backcourt.
That fact alone made him the favorite to win the ROY.
In the poll organized by ESPN, Green received 72.2% of the first-place votes.
The list is below in order:
- Jalen Green, Houston Rockets (72.2% of first place votes)
- Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons (27.8% of the vote for first place)
- Jalen Suggs, Orlando Magic
- Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors
The poll was dropped after ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins said on “The Jump” that he believed Green would win Rookie of the Year.
He used Green’s experience in the G-League as the reason he would win the award.
The Rookie of the Year award has been won quite convincingly in recent years, but the 2021 class appears to make the award competitive between Green and Cunningham throughout the year.
19-year-old Jalen Green has an advantage over some of his classmates as he played with the G-League’s Ignite last season.
With this opportunity, he got the chance to play against former NBA players and other players who regularly jump between the G-League and their respective NBA teams throughout the season.