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We’ve officially seen 60-plus games of an offense built around Green, and it’s pretty safe to say that it leads to nothing but lottery balls.
Green has been better with Rondo back, averaging 23 points over his last five games, but even in that stretch he is shooting just 41.1 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep.
On the year, Green is averaging a respectable 17 points per game but just 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 dimes.
His shooting splits also leave something to be desired, as he is connecting on only 41.5 percent of his overall shots and 35.3 percent of his threes.
Obviously there was no way Green could shoot the ball as well as he did at the end of 2013-14, but to see him relying so heavily on his jumper is disheartening.
Green averaged 20.3 points, 5.3 boards and 2.3 assists while shooting 43.5 percent overall and 45.5 percent from three against the New York Knicks in the playoffs, and there was hope that that Jeff Green would emerge with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett gone.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case, as having the ball in his hands has not done much to improve Green’s offense.
He is shooting just 37.9 percent on isolations, 29.3 percent as the pick-and-roll ball-handler and 39.2 percent on spot-up jumpers, per Synergy Sports (subscription required).
Despite working more as a secondary ball-handler pushing the pace on the fast break, Green has not been able to consistently make the right pass.
He has been slightly more effective as a power forward (17.2 PER) than as a small forward (13.7 PER), but he has been ghastly defending 4s, per 82games—opposing power forwards are posting a PER of 21.8 against Green.
At 27 years old, it’s pretty clear that Green has reached his ceiling as a player.
He’s an excellent third option and can be a good second banana if his jumper is falling, but he is not supposed to be taking more than 14 shots per game.
The C’s don’t necessarily need to trade Green, but they must draft a scorer or transition the offense to be built more around Rondo’s scoring than playmaking going forward.
Part of the goal for 2013-14 was to find out if Green could be a franchise cornerstone, and we appear to have a definite answer on that: No.