Los Angeles Clippers 2013 NBA Player Profile: Willie Green

By Ricardo A. Hazell
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Willie Green is a shootin’ machine! The moment he checks into a game, he’s letting the rock fly from wherever he happens to catch it. When he’s on, that’s a great thing. But when he’s not on, he has shown a penchant for forcing things, much to the chagrin of his coaches and teammates as well. He’s listed at 6-foot-4 inches tall, but he doesn’t look that tall to me. Maybe it’s because I have a small TV, but I don’t think so.

In the NBA, size does matter, especially for someone who is a scorer. Green’s highest career average was 12 points per game with the Philadelphia 76ers back in 2007. Now he’s rotting — I mean resting on a Los Angeles Clippers bench that has plenty of players who do exactly what he does. The only thing is that SG Jamal Crawford and SG J.J. Redick are both better scorers.

The major problem is that shooting is Green’s only high-level skill, but apparently it’s not high enough. Usually when that occurs, a player still might be able to eek out some playing time for himself with another skill. But try as I may, I can’t think of anything else he is noticeably good at.

Assists? He’s averaging 1.4 for his career. Rebounds? 1.8. Also, Green isn’t known as a lock-down defender either, but he does give maximum effort. Perhaps backgammon? Unfortunately, that is not an NBA skill. Right now, he’s an insurance policy against injury to other Clippers guards. It’s not a bad luxury to have either.

Ricardo A. Hazell is a freelance writer with Rant Sports based in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter at NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google Plus.

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