From 1980-1985, the aforementioned Cedric Maxwell was one quadrant in a four-part rotating frontcourt of distinctly and uniquely skilled players. Effective utilization of such a wealth of talent is first a coaching challenge, then a nightmare to opponents when the challenge is met.
Which brings us to Jeff Green, a player of diverse skills that could present nightmarishly devious challenges as part of a frontcourt rotation for a clever coach like Doc Rivers.
GM Danny Ainge has staunchly and repeatedly defended the acquisition of Green, even at the cost of center Kendrick Perkins.
Does the Celtic brass have plans for this young man, or is he a bargaining chip for the next move?
Anyone expecting the next Paul Pierce is setting Green up for failure and himself for disappointment—he’s not that kind of shooter and scorer. Look at his free-throw numbers over time, improving but…not indicative of the sort of “touch” that launches many late-game daggers.
But that athleticism is enticing, the endorsement of his hoop IQ by his college coach encouraging and his overall maturity would make a bench role suitable at this time.
Unlike a shooter’s natural “touch,” defensive efficiency is indeed a learned skill, a consequence of teamwork and effort. Here, we should expect to see growth, as well as in his ability to find scoring opportunities in the transition game.
This summer Green has been honing his skills in the DC summer league, though when the marquee competition is the incoming Hoya class, the level of competition is not quite NBA level.
But Jeff is working towards completing his degree, in English of all things, at Georgetown. Commendable.
Abacus predicts that the team will re-sign Jeff Green and that, in the 2011-12 season, he will uphold the long and proud tradition of the Boston Celtic Sixth Man—25-30 minutes a night, a Continental Minuteman always at the ready.
(And if young JaJuan Johnson pans out as well as expected, we’ll have half of our four-part frontcourt harmony in place for a while, not to mention that shooting touch that Green lacks.)