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Position: Small Forward
Experience: 5th Season
2012-13 Season Averages
15.07 PER, 27.5 MPG, 12.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.5 APG, 37.7% 3PT
More times than not, we wouldn't refer to Jeff Green, 26, as a "young player." With that being said, Green lost an entire year of his career when he received and recovered from heart surgery.
Coming off of a life-threatening injury and in his first full year with the Boston Celtics, Green might as well be a rookie.
During the first three months of the season, Green played as if he were. The former Georgetown Hoya struggled to find his role within the offense and thus failed to perform at an adequate level on either end.
The past two months have told a different story.
During the month of February, Green displayed a significant improvement on both ends of the floor. He finished with averages of 15.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks on a slash line of .512/.414/.863.
The following month, Green continued his progression with averages of 17.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 blocks on a slash line of .488/.426/.787.
In other words, Green has found a permanent level of play that represents a form of stardom on Boston's deep roster. With stars such as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the numbers are certain to be limited.
Green has still found a way to make a giant leap towards stardom—one that will continue into 2013-14.