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Your Morning Dump… Is Jeff Green a facilitator?

Chuck - Red's Army September 8, 2012 Celtics News, Jeff Green, The Morning Dump 5 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Green has proved throughout his career that he can score (13.9 ppg), rebound (5.5 rpg) and shoot from distance (34 percent from 3-point range), and still carries the reputation of being a skilled facilitator from his college days at Georgetown.

Look for Green to come in and spell Pierce at the 3 and Bass at the 4. He’ll also give coach Rivers another scorer off the bench who, along with veteran newcomer Jason Terry, can facilitate the offense for a defense-minded second unit that’s expected to also include NBA vets Courtney Lee and Chris Wilcox, and promising first-round pick Jared Sullinger.

ESPN Insider – Jeff Green’s potential impact

I know what you’re thinking… Another post about Jeff Green? I agree that we’ve beaten to death his contract and potential effectiveness in Boston. But this article offers a fresh perspective, one that portrays Green as an offensive facilitator.

When I think facilitator, I think of someone with a point guard mentality. Someone who takes command and helps others score. Green’s a decent ball-handler for his size, but I’ve never heard anyone rave about his leadership and passing skills. His versatility – ability to shoot from and mid-range, post-up smaller 3s, and slash to the basket – will certainly help the second unit. In that regard, he’ll facilitate offense for the bench. But is he capable of running the offense? I’m not so sure.

ESPN’s Joe Kaiser also brings up the P word – Posey:

And while we’re talking Posey, that’s probably a good starting point in terms of what we can expect from Green statistically in 2012-13. During the C’s championship season, Posey averaged 7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.5 apg and shot 38 percent from 3-point range in 24.6 minutes a game.

According to the SCHOENE projection system by Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus, Green’s numbers are expected to be very similar next season: 25 mpg, 10.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 apg and 35.2 percent from 3-point range.

One area to watch is Green’s aggressiveness on offense. Synergy Stats shows that he’s been primarily a spot-up shooter and post-up player over his four-year career. A shift toward more cuts to the basket and points in transition is the next step in his development.

I’m not ready to draw this comparison. Jeff Green is a more highly skilled player than James Posey. But Posey was CLUTCH. He was ‘grit and balls’ before KG coined the phrase. Those numbers (7.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg) are not a fair representation of his impact on the 2008 team.

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  • Lkk23

    I for one CAN’T WAIT for the season to start!! This slow burn to the regular season is getting to be too much, haha.

  • Brian

    If you have had a chance to talk to wilcox or uncle Jeff on twitter they both think that they are getting a second chance with the heart surgery, and plan to be a lot more agressive this time. Green was a great facilitator in college. He was the best player on his team and got everyone envolved. Going to okc did little to help his game as he played as an undersizes pf his whole time there. Team defense isn’t something they work hard at either. Jeff is a lock down defender against sf, (7.9 opponents per) and is a huge upgrade over the bench last year. Lob city will come to Boston with him and wilcox on the fast break. With jason Collins we are fine against the the few true centers in the league. Green will be the key to beating the heat. Paul, can’t do it alone for 48 mins. When you can keep pauls mins down to 32 max he is a lot more effective against lebron and he ain’t foul out nearly as much, which considering many celtics/heat games go into over time is very important. I still think our bench this year makes up for the pure athletic mismatch that the heat have. With a cba bench we took them to 7 games.

    • Lee in Oregon

      Another JG post, another slow day in NBA news.

      I maintain that nobody has ever improved more in a single season where he never played a single game, than JG. And now, at least according to a comment, he’s a lock-down defender. Does anyone think he woulda gotten this good of a deal if he’d of actually played last year? Ask Bass what kinda deal he would have got had me missed the year, instead of having a career year….

      Alot of pressure on JG and I hope he can respond positively. Go C’s!

  • RedsLoveChild

    Not gonna lie about it…I expect absolutely nothing out of Jeff Green!

    Once Terry and Lee have far out-produced him…look for Ainge to give up on the “Jeff Green Experiment” once and for all.

    “Posey tribute” on this post was superb.

    No one ever was better than James Posey at delivering a perfectly timed “crushingly devastating, spirit demoralizing” 3-pointer!

    Just ask the Lakers in Games 4 & 6 of the 2008 Finals.

  • Chris

    Say what you will about the contract – Jeff Green has got to be one of the best SFs coming off a bench this season, and many teams would happily have him as their starter. If the Celtics are going to beat the Heat and Lakers this year, it will take some good use of Paul and Jeff. I still think there is enough point guard mentality in the second unit if it includes Terry, Bradley and Green.