Suppose Jeff Green Doesn't Improve
I really don't have any specfic recollection of watching Jeff Green do much of anything on the floor as a Boston Celtic. Do you? What I do recall is a general feeling of being underwhelmed. A quick look at his stats page on ESPN tells us that he played 26 games for the Boston Celtics after being acquired for Kendrick Perkins during the spring of the 2010-11 season. He averaged 9.8 points per game in about 24 minutes, adding less than one assist, one steal, and one block per game. He shot .794 from the field, .296 from three, and grabbed a grand total of 3.3 rebounds per night.
The other day Florida Celts Fan suggested that it is not unreasonable to expect more from Green this year. Why? The heart surgery may be his wake up call to utilize his multidimensional talents before its too late. I like this idea. We all understand how life-threatening experiences can summon something within us. I also like this idea as applied to Jeff Green more than I do say, oh, I don't know, Chris Washburn or Sean Williams, who have or had as much raw talent as anyone, but were far away from ever harnessing it in a meaningful and consistent fashion.
But you know what?
I'm OK if JG doesn't really improve much at all, so long as he can accomplish one task.
Defend the opposing oversized, impact wings. You know who I'm talking about. LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, and maybe even Kevin Durant. This would be a god send for extending Paul Pierce's career, and making Paul Pierce more productive next year.
Hopefully, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry will live up to expectations and become difference makers in their own right. But if we expect much from the Celtics as a team, Paul Pierce will need to at least approach his success from younger days if the C's are to get anywhere next season. That not only requires less PT so he is rested when the game is on the line, but also less PT to reduce the opportunities for getting injured.
I know I'm in the minority on this one, but nearly all athletically gifted 6-8 NBA wings should be able to figure out how to play effective defense. Maybe not Dennis Rodman defense, but perhaps the next level below.
Can Jeff Green do this?
I'll be a watchin'.
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