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Mock Draft 2.0: Final mock before Thursday's 2021 NBA Draft

Jalen Suggs, Jared Butler - Baylor v Gonzaga
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Jalen Green - G League Ignite v Westchester Knicks / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Shooting Guard. 169. G-League Ignite. Jalen Green. 2. player. .

With the second pick of the draft, I'm having an increasingly difficult time convincing myself that the Rockets will select anyone other than Jalen Green. If the Spurs were in this situation, I wholeheartedly believe the team would opt for Evan Mobley. For the Rockets, though, I think Green is much closer to the archetype of player they prefer.

Green could very well end up becoming the best scorer of this year's draft and has all-world athleticism. He has a step-back jumper in his bag that he was able to show off during his time with the G-League Ignite, and it definitely reminded me quite a bit of James Harden.

I have a few close friends that are all long-time Rockets fans. For what it's worth, I decided to ask all of them--without identifying names--whether they preferred a future All-Star scorer or a future All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year. Without hesitation, they all indicated to me that they would take a scorer in the draft first.

While there are questions about Green's fit next to Kevin Porter Jr., the Rockets were bad enough this past season that Green's fit with the team should not be a primary concern. Ultimately, there's a good chance that Green will be the best player to come out of this draft and a player that most Rockets fans will probably be very happy with.