Boston Celtics: This Is the Jeff Green They Need More of
Jeff Green may be the bane of my existence.
The former No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 draft has had a, putting it plainly, up and down career since rejoining the Boston Celtics in the trade that saw Kendrick Perkins move to Oklahoma City.
Green, along with Rajon Rondo, is seen as potentially being a big piece to build around when the Celtics finally decide to blow up their current team and begin the rebuilding process.
In the meantime, Green, who's on a four year deal with Boston, is expected to contribute key minutes off the bench behind incumbent starter Paul Pierce as the Celtics look to improve on last season's loss to Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Blessed with good size and length as a tweener between the SF/PF positions, Green has been expected to put up points, rebound, alter shots and run the fast break with Rondo as he looks to make a case for staying in Massachusetts once his current deal ends at the end of the season.
Alas, the former Georgetown star had a woeful start to the year as he seemed unable to do the very things he was brought back to do. He struggled with both his shot and rebounding which saw coach Doc Rivers reduce his minutes.
Green's problem has been his inconsistency. Even though he possesses insane athleticism and skill, it's been very disconcerting that Green can score 17 points against Oklahoma City but then go 0-9 against Orlando in the very next game.
Since the beginning of December however, Green has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts as he's averaging 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds a game—big improvements on his season averages .
It doesn't really matter what has inspired this change, (he has only played an extra 2.1 minutes in December) Boston just need to make sure they can keep getting this production from Green.
Having someone who can beat opposing threes with his strength and 6' 9" frame and blow by opposing fours with his speed and athleticism not only creates big mis-matches all over the court but also helps carry the team when it's stars, namely Pierce and Garnett, aren't on the court.
Both Pierce and Garnett are well over thirty and can no longer play forty minutes apiece a game. Having players like Green who can come off the bench and give the team that kind of production is paramount to Boston being able to make a deep run into the playoffs.
Whatever Green and the team are doing right now, they need to keep it up.
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