Jalen Green Shows Respect For Cade Cunningham After Outshining Him in Their First On-Court Battle

Published 08/11/2021, 10:11 AM EDT


The top two picks of the 2021 NBA draft, Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green went head-to-head in a Summer League matchup. Detroit Pistons were up against the Houston Rockets and the two stars in making experienced the first taste of their rivalry on court.

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Houston Rockets defeated Detroit Pistons by 111-91, led by Jalen Green’s 25 points. The second-overall draft pick added five rebounds, three assists, and one steal with 6-for-11 shooting from the field.  Moreover, Jalen was quite impressive from the free-throw line, converting 10 of his 11 attempts in the game.

On the other hand, Detroit Pistons‘ Cade Cunningham dropped 20 points in his loss with four rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Despite a notable performance, Cade was found on the losing end against his key competitor.

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Jul 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Jalen Green (G League Ignite) arrives on the red carpet before the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Green vs Cade Cunningham: a battle between the top rookies

Green and Cunningham are being compared for a very long time now. Even before the 2021 draft, the two players have often been weighed on the ‘who’s better’ scale. While some predicted Jalen Green to become the first draft pick this year, eventually the results went in Cade’s favor. It seems like this may shape into a long-term comparison between them considering their skillsets.

After an interesting matchup between the two leading draft picks, Jalen Green expressed respect and sportsmanship for Cade after their one-on-one battle. During the post-match interview, he mentioned –  “It was fun. He’s [Cade] a good player, he battled back. I have respect for him so that’s the reason we come on the court and we’re going to battle that every time. It was a good game overall.”

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The top two draft picks are ready for the upcoming season

The G League Ignite outcome, Green outshined in his first-ever game against Cade Cunningham. Jalen had earlier scored 23 points in his debut match against the Cleveland Cavaliers as well. He is coming out strong in his early times. However, Jalen is yet to perform in the upcoming NBA season.

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The two youngsters, Jalen and Cade, will be on their toes for the Rookie of the Year Award this year. Cade made it to the top draft pick, however, both the rookies have a long way to go in the league.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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