Boston Celtics: Jeff Green’s Role Continues to Grow
Boston Celtics wing-man Jeff Green continues to dazzle and grow, as well as improve his game in many areas. His role on this team has evolved in a huge way and he’s quickly becoming the best sixth man Boston has seen in quite sometime. Doc Rivers now seems to have full trust in Green to provide much needed length and scoring off the bench, and more importantly taking a good portion of the offensive load off of Paul Pierce’s shoulders.
Green’s ability to provide offense from all areas of the floor has made him one of the more important players for a depleted Celtic’s squad heading down the home stretch of a season filled with drama and change.
Green’s biggest area for needed improvement is still his presence on the glass. He has made some slight increases in his rebounding prowess but this will be an area where he will need to continually put in work. At 6’9 the Celtic’s desperately need his length on the glass. Green still tends to show a little hesitation when going up for missed shots but as each game passes his comfort level and body language seem to improve.
Green has surprised everyone with his ability to defend tough match-ups. He’s leading the Celtics in blocks and now starting to regularly average more than a block per game. His ability to play lock-down individual defense has helped the Celtics in terms of trying to shut down some of those bigger and quicker match-ups.
Over his last 10 games Green’s numbers while coming off the bench look more than respectable. He’s putting up 14.7 points to go along with 4.1 boards and 1.3 blocks while taking on a decent chunk of the minute load at 31.2 per game.
At this point as Green goes, so go the Celtics. The city of Boston should be excited for not only his contributions in the present, but the promise of his future as well. Being considered for Comeback Player of the Year is not out of the question for a guy who simply keeps turning heads.
Eric St. Cyr Covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow Him on Twitter @ericJsaint