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Jeff Green might be the future of the Celtics.
Jeff Green has finally blossomed into the player that Danny Ainge expected. The numbers may not all be there on the whole as of yet, but nobody can deny the impact Green has had on both ends of the floor for Boston, especially since Rondo's absence.
Green has stepped up when the veterans of the squad have appeared exhausted, hitting clutch shots and slashing to the hoop when the C's need it the most. He has also come through with huge defensive plays against the likes of top-notch opposing players, proving once and for all that the Kendrick Perkins trade that brought him to Boston was well worth the sacrifice.
Green's 34 percent mark from three-point range is the second-highest of his career, as is his 0.7 blocks per game average. He has also stayed away from foul trouble, logging 1.7 fouls per contest in nearly 25 minutes a game.
His impact has outshone his statistics, however, as he has stepped up in crucial moments like the tough overtime contests against the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets. Green clearly has a great future in a Celtics uniform.
Another young standout with a promising NBA future is Greivis Vasquez, the third-year 6'6” point guard for the New Orleans Hornets. Vasquez leads the league in assists with 499, averaging 9.4 per game (good for third in the league). He also logs 13.9 points per game, five points better than last year, with a dependable 36 percent from three-point land.
Adding to his impressive campaign, Vasquez has grabbed 4.6 boards per game, a superb rebound ratio for a young point guard. He's recorded 20 double-doubles, tied with his predecessor, the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, for tops in the league among point guards.
While Vasquez will never be as effective a player as Paul, he lightens the sting the Hornets felt when they lost the perennial All-Star. And as New Orleans prepares its transformation to the Pelicans this summer, they will likely do so with a newly-crowned Most Improved Player of the Year.