Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge has been called crazy for recently signing Jeff Green to a four year thirty six million dollar deal. This after Green missed all of last year with a heart ailment and played far below a nine million dollar a year player after he was acquired the year before. Green was the key part of the controversial Kendrick Perkins deal and many feel Ainge just cannot admit failure. However, these people are dead wrong. Ainge made a wise move in retaining Green’s services and in Boston Green should finally reach the potential that was seen in him when OKC picked him fifth overall in his draft. Besides it is not like Boston had the cap space to sign a better player due to the fact the way the cap works. Green’s potential makes this a move that could pay huge dividends for Boston.
The fact is Green has a world of potential with a multitude of offensive skills. Green has solid moves in the post, a decent mid to long range shot, the ability to move well without the ball to get to his spot and score, and can run the floor like a gazelle with his tremendous athletic ability. When teamed with Rajon Rondo, Green should flourish offensively. If he runs the floor Rondo will reward him. If he gets deep in the post Rondo will get him that ball in the position needed to break his man down, and should he be open after Rondo breaks down the defense by getting in the paint then Rondo will hit him for that open shot. This means Green is poised for a break out year much like Brandon Bass last season playing with Rondo.
A lot of scoring in the NBA is about confidence. Green clearly lacked that in his half season in Boston. A lot of that was because Green was just not used to being a Celtic. He had zero clue about the offense or his role, had no idea how to fit in the offense playing with Rondo and three future hall of famers, and was asked to play a different position at times and all this was with the back drop of the NBA playoffs approaching. It is no wonder Green struggled.
The great news is this year is different. Green was able to study the team’s offense and defensive sets. He got to get more comfortable with the schemes and the coaches have let him know his role so he has a clear picture of what is expected out of him. This mean Green should be a heck of a lot more comfortable this year verses his first half year. If he tastes a little success early with Rondo feeding him properly then Green should be the confident scorer that Boston needs.
Green also can bring a lot to the table on the defensive end and the glass. Green has excellent size, speed, athleticism, and a solid wing span to give guys fits. Doc Rivers should be able to get the most out of him on that end of the floor with Kevin Garnett directing traffic for Green. Green also is a solid rebounder. He is at least better than most of the Celtics and should help boost the most pathetic rebounding team in the league with him in the lineup verses the guys from last year.
Fans should not be so quick to call the trade that got Jeff Green a failure because Green could have a break out year. If he does break out, I do hope Ainge gets the credit he deserves after getting shredded for this trade for the last year and a half for dealing Kendrick “Bill Russell” Perkins. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!!