“I’ve always said J. Green is going to be one of the best players to ever play this game,” Garnett said to Greg Dickerson on CSNNE. “People look at me kind of weird when I say that, but then when you watch him play, you see the glimpses, you see what I’m talking about. As he betters, this team will be better, this organization will be better.”
I love Kevin Garnett, but count me as one of the people who look at him kind of weird when he says that. And I love Jeff Green and what he can do for this team, but for him to be “one of the best players to ever play this game,” he’s going to have to make some big strides with his consistency.
I see the flashes too. I see the moments when people drop James Worthy’s name. I also see the other side… the side that makes Doc bench him for a 4th quarter.
I personally think the best case scenario for Green is pretty high. I think he’s capable of being an All Star a few times in his career. But to be one of the best ever, you have to be a perennial All Star…. you have to find your way into MVP conversations… you have to carry teams to levels they are not supposed to reach.
Can Jeff Green do that? Can the Jeff Green that dropped 43 on the Heat show up on a regular basis? Of course, I’m not expecting him average 43. But can that guy, with that level of aggression on the court, be who Jeff Green is night in and night out?
I personally don’t think so. I think he’ll be very good over his career, but not one of the best ever. But maybe KG sees something we don’t. I’d love to link back to this piece in five years and say “man, I was wrong about this one.”