Even before entering the NBA, the people knew that Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green could soar. His high school mixtapes were legendary. Look them up.

So it’s not totally surprising when Green made several gravity-defying plays for the Rockets, including some in-your-face slams against taller defenders. In fact, the 20-year-old pogo stick tallied 69 dunks this season, the most among all guards in the NBA.

Nice indeed.

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Green, who grew up in California and traces his roots to the Philippines, skipped the college route and played for Team Ignite in the NBA G League. The Rockets then selected him as the no. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, forming a dynamic backcourt duo with Kevin Porter Jr.

Green had his fair share of struggles with the Rockets, especially with his shooting efficiency. But as the season went along, the ultra-athletic guard became more comfortable. He capped off his rookie campaign with a career-high 41 points against the Atlanta Hawks on the final day of the regular season. He scored at least 30 points in six of their last seven outings.

In 67 games, Green averaged 17.3 points on 42.6% field goal shooting, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists, while also electrifying the crowd almost every single night.

Even though the Rockets finished with the worst record in the NBA at 20-62, they have truly found a nice one in Green.