Gerald Green’s Green-Light with Phoenix Suns Makes Him Hit-or-Miss Type Player
The Phoenix Suns acquired both Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee this summer in a deal that sent Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers for the 2013-14 NBA season. While both players seemed to be cap-fodder so that the Suns could acquire a draft pick at the time, both Green and Plumlee have been playing key minutes in Phoenix.
While Plumlee has been one of the pleasant surprises of the young season, despite some poor play recently, Green has been pretty up and down so far this season. In 14 games this season, Green has four 20 point games and has shot 50 percent or better from the field eight times. In those other six games, though, he has shot below 43 percent four times and less than 40 percent twice.
A big reason why Green has been a hit-or-miss offensive player for the Suns so far this season is the fact that he seemingly has the green-light to chuck up shots whenever he pleases. His 11.4 shot attempts per game would be a career-high, but that pales in comparison to the fact that he’s taking 6.4 three-point attempts per game, which would be a career-high mark by 2.9 attempts if he were to finish the season at that mark.
Green has been a decent outside shooter over his career, hitting on 35.8 percent of his threes for his career, and has been fantastic so far this season as he’s hitting 42 percent of his attempts from long-range. However, with a player like Green having over half of his shot attempts coming from beyond-the-arc, he’s going to be set up for some big games and for some atrocious games. As it stands right now, that seems to be a risk that Phoenix is willing to take, though.