The Boston Celtics suffered a blow that likely foreshadowed their doom late in January when Rajon Rondo tore his ACL. Granted, the Celtics didn’t play their best basketball of the season until after Rondo’s injury, but they have a reputation as a team that starts slow and then kicks it full throttle at the end of the season and in the NBA Playoffs.
However, the complexion of this Celtics team is likely going to drastically change this off-season with talks of both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce possibly no longer playing their home games in Boston next season. This means that the team will need a face lift and that other players will have to become the focal point of the Celtics’ offense. The most likely candidate for that role is Jeff Green.
Green had a pretty inconsistent season for the Celtics. He had several games where he looked like one of the 10 best players in the league and others where he simply looked average. Overall, Green played in 81 games and averaged 12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.7 steals per game on 46.6 percent shooting and 38.5 percent three-point shooting.
It was his run against the New York Knicks that really showed Green’s full potential, though. In the six playoff games that he played, Green’s playing time increased by about 15 minutes and he produced wonderfully. He averaged 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.7 blocks per game on 43.5 percent shooting and 45.5 percent three-point shooting. He looked like a player that could help carry an offense.
As the Celtics look towards next season and potentially having a vastly different team, they have to look for Green to have a more consistently productive season than he did this year. Even if either Pierce or Garnett stick around, they likely aren’t going to be able to play at the level that they used to be able to. Green is going to need to give them the same type of productivity that he did in the postseason for Boston to continue to be successful next year.