In December of 2011, Jeff Green was lying in a hospital bed, recovering from open-heart surgery. At the time, playing professional basketball was merely an afterthought.
Now, he is not only back on the hardwood, but he is a candidate for the Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year awards.
Not many people can say they saw this coming.
Two-and-a-half years ago, Green was entrenched in another tough situation. His transition to Boston after being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder was anything but smooth. Fans questioned his instincts—he oftentimes looked like a deer in the headlights. No matter what, Green just didn’t seem to fit in.
But now things are different. Green has blossomed into something special. He looks more comfortable than ever, and he has really taken ownership of his game in Boston. He is on the verge of becoming the Celtics’ next superstar once the Pierce/Garnett era comes to an end—and that may be sooner rather than later.