Until 2013, Jeff Green had an unlucky run with the Boston Celtics since coming over from the Oklahoma Thunder during the 2011 campaign. Between complicated medical issues and an inability to totally mesh with the Celtics’ rotation, the deal that sent off Kendrick Perkins had yet to give general manager Danny Ainge the requisite value of a good deal.
This all changed after the All-Star break this season as Green bumped his points per game total above 17 while nearing 50 percent from the field while contributing on the glass. As Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce continue to push toward 40 the emergence of Green, 26, is starting to prove an element of foresight in Ainge’s once-maligned move.
The only issue is that we need to see Green hit his ceiling not only more consistently, but also more often while Rajon Rondo‘s out on the court. Green came up absolutely huge in Rondo’s absence in the months of March and April. If Rondo hadn’t torn his ACL in January, there would be a better certainty about the Celtics’ future.
Then there’s the other question about whether Green can take over Pierce’s go-to scorer role down the road. Green’s answered many questions about whether he’s taken the next step next year, and seems confident that he has stepped up for Boston.
“I hope so,” Green said during Round 1 about whether he’s proven himself this year, via the Boston Herald. “I’ve been working hard. … Hopefully people outside will take notice of what I can do. But it is what it is. I know what I can do. I (don’t) care what other people think. It doesn’t matter to me. I’m just trying to win games. I’ve just got to do it”