The young guard promised as much in his recent feature for the Rockets wherein he reflected on his first year in the NBA and what he has learned so far. The 20-year-old had a rather up-and-down rookie year, and it is safe to say he fell short when it comes to meeting the goals he set for himself.
With one year of professional experience under his belt, though, Green is ready to take that leap.
“I'm always going to step on the floor with a chip on my shoulder. Just stay in the gym, get stronger and healthier. Try to take my game to another level,” Green shared, per Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic.
Jalen Green averaged 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.,6 assists in 2021-22. However, it took him some time to get comfortable in NBA action and with the Rockets' schemes.
After he adjusted to the NBA speed and physicality, though, that NBA-ready play was on full display. Now, the Rockets are hoping he can build off that as he establishes himself as the face of the franchise.
Green has also vowed to be a Rockets player for life after the massive amount of love and support he got from the city in his first year. While it's still too early to talk about his future, the youngster has made it clear he doesn't have any plans of going anywhere.
“H-Town really got my back. They've supported me…I'm playing here. I'm planning on being here. Just to connect with my people from H-Town, to provide, to help the city in any way possible is important to me,” Green added.
The future certainly looks bright for Green, and if he can keep that motivation going, the Rockets will be in good hands.