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Evan Mobley is off to a hot start. Through the first three games of the season, Mobley is averaging 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game on 56.3 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from deep. He’s generally looked like the most advanced rookie from this past season’s draft class.
Jalen Green’s start has been a bit more erratic. After two subpar games to start the season, Green exploded in last night’s loss to the Boston Celtics, scoring 30 points and knocking down 8 triples to set a new Rockets rookie record. That explosion has bumped up his per game scoring average to 16 per night, but he scored just 9 points in each of his first two games. He also has 3.7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1 block per game on 44.2 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Before the NBA Draft, there was the Green Gang and the Mobley Mob and a legitimate argument to be made for either player. The question of who Houston should take answered itself when Mobley took himself out of the running by refusing to workout in H-town, but if you could hypothetically draft over for the Rockets now, after three NBA games, seeing what you’ve seen so far, would you take Green again? Or has Mobley been impressive enough to change your mind?
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