Jalen Green is one of the top prospects of the 2021 NBA Draft. Even though Cade Cunningham is widely rumored as the first overall pick, Green is one of the most interesting prospects in the class. As a 6'6 guard, Green will be a powerful presence as the shooting guard in the NBA.
Green had an unusual path to the league. As ESPN's number one ranked prospect, Green decided to sign a contract with the NBA G League Ignite instead of committing to college basketball. During his time in the G-League, Green had plenty of spectacular performances. Speaking for GQ, Green explained the challenges experienced in the G-League bubble, during which he spoke to therapists twice a week.
"I feel like it just helped me get a lot off. They had the right answers. And if not, it helped me be more curious of why I was feeling a certain way. It helped me get over that hump a lot."
"I want my respect. As a person and a basketball player. What comes with this is that people don’t know what you’ve got to sacrifice and go through. Especially when you’re in a small city and basketball takes you down this road and everyone’s still in that small city. It’s personal. A lot of people talk about you on the side. It can get back to your family and everything. And they don’t know what you’ve been through, by yourself, while you’re on that journey."Jalen Green
The luxurity of the first overall pick
While many legends of the NBA weren't No.1 overall pick, there's a special feeling connected to it. It means that you go down in history side-to-side with the likes such as LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, and Magic Johnson. For Green, it's something he deeply desires.
"Number one pick, that would be a dream come true. I ain't going to lie. That happens, I'm going to have a breakdown. I want to live in Detroit.”Jalen Green on the upcoming NBA Draft
The 2021 NBA Draft is on the 29th of July. It's to be seen whether Green, Cunningham, or somebody else will be selected as the first overall pick. One thing is for certain, though, Jalen Green has everything it takes to succeed in the NBA.