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A 6'9" versatile swingman that can play the three or the four, run the court like a gazelle, defend elite players like, say, LeBron James and make a big impact on the offensive end both inside and out. Hmm, the Celtics could have used a player like that. And if not for a rare heart condition, they would have had Jeff Green, a player who meets that description perfectly.
It really is a shame that Green had to miss this season because this really could have been a huge season for him. With a whole year of the Celtics system under his belt and a lot to prove, Green could have been the impact player that the Celtics traded for.
During the season, he could have been a legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidate while lessening the minutes of both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. More importantly though, in the playoffs, he could have guarded LeBron and run with the Heat.
Also, Green's versatility would have allowed the Celtics to try all kinds of lineups. They could have gone small with Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Green and Garnett/Bass and they could have gone big with Rondo, Pietrus, Green, Bass and Garnett.
To close games, the lineup would have been Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Green and Garnett. With that lineup, the Celtics would have probably been able to finish Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Thus, if Green had been healthy, he would be facing off against his former team in the NBA Finals as we speak. Now that would be interesting.
As a side note, an even more interesting what if would be" "What if the Celtics had traded for James Harden instead?" The original Perkins trade was for James Harden, but that fell through and the Celtics settled for Green instead.
Simply put, if the Celtics got Harden instead, it would be a Celtics-Spurs Finals right now. Again, that would be a great series.