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Green the gamble, and the underdog

Posted by shawn cassidy on September 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM




Flip the coin. heads or tails? Roll the dice, does your number come up? Nothing is certain,  nothing is guaranteed,  life is a gamble, its a risk. Its alot of things,  but one thing it is not is permanent. You could wake up tomorrow to find everything and everyone you know is gone. You could wake up tomorrow and everything could be different. providing you wake up at all. You have choices, but you never know if they are the right ones. Sometimes they are, and sometimes you wish you had chose differently.




Some things deserve real choices, but to say Danny had no choice but to sign Jeff Green is false. He wanted to sign Green first of all. Green is also worthy of the money he's getting. He's getting 8.4 a season. When you look at his potential, and his three seasons before coming to Boston. He's a 8.4 million guy. If you look around the league. Other guys make 8 or so million a year who are not at the same level. Let's look at Thaddeus Young of the Sixers. He makes 8-9 million a season, and his career averages are lower than Green's.




The Celtics wanted Green back regardless of KG signing. Danny has been hot for Green for years. I think Green will be a great surprise for many fans, and I think he's a gamble that will pay off big. Rondo will make Green a better player, and Green will flourish with Allen in Miami. Here are some Green columns around the net.




Insider: What Green brings to Boston-ESPN



And while we're talking [James] Posey, that's probably a good starting point in terms of what we can expect from Green statistically in 2012-13. During the C's championship season, Posey averaged 7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.5 apg and shot 38 percent from 3-point range in 24.6 minutes a game.

According to the SCHOENE projection system by Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus, Green's numbers are expected to be very similar next season: 25 mpg, 10.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 apg and 35.2 percent from 3-point range.

One area to watch is Green's aggressiveness on offense. Synergy Stats shows that he's been primarily a spot-up shooter and post-up player over his four-year career. A shift toward more cuts to the basket and points in transition is the next step in his development.

He's already expressed a willingness to expand his game.

"I think I have to be more assertive, more aggressive in different areas, not necessarily just scoring," Green told Celtics.com in August. "I just have to change my outlook and my approach of the game, and that time that I had off and seeing certain spots on the floor where I can help really helped my mindset."



Green will be hungry when he hits the floor. It's been one year without playing an NBA game for Green. He will be anxious to hit the court. I think he'll have a great first full season in Boston, because he has a lot to prove, and Rondo will bond with him. I think a lot of folks are selling him short because he didn't show us much in 2011. The circumstances were odd than. The team dynamic changed, and it was hard to fit him in. Let's look at some players similar to Green. 


Caron Butler and Odom of the Clippers are making 8 million a season. You also have Richard Jefferson making 10 million a season for Golden State. Than you have Stephen Jackson making 10 million a season in San Antonio. Denver's paying Danilo Gallinari over 10 million a season, and the King are paying Marcus Thornton over 8 million a season. This is small list of players. I could go on. Don't you think Jeff Green fits in this class of players? He's a better player than most of the guys I listed.



I think fans are being hard on Green. Yes he's coming back from heart surgery, and the pain still lingers from the Perk trade. But Green overall is worth the money in the market were in.

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6 Comments

Reply C'slife
12:50 AM on September 6, 2012 
I agree with you 100%. I like what you have to say about this. Everyone dogs him.
Reply paul
9:04 AM on September 6, 2012 
The Perk trade wasn't Green's fault. For fans to dog him over it is just cowardly group think in action. People scapegoat because real blame usually should go to powerholders, and most folks are afraid of powerholders. Fear of those in authority is a baked in reflex for most people. Thus, being a top dog means never having to say you're sorry. Just ask Don Sterni.

I blame Ainge and the Celtics owners for the Perk Trade. I don't blame Green. And frankly, Ainge has done a lot to win back the confidence of fans, enough that we really should trust his judgement on Green.

I think this team will be very flexible. We'll see a lot of different people cutting to the basket, flashing to the post, working off screens, etc.. It won't be as easy to sit on certain people or plays against a constantly shifting offense.
Reply Celticslifer
10:49 AM on September 6, 2012 
paul says...
The Perk trade wasn't Green's fault. For fans to dog him over it is just cowardly group think in action. People scapegoat because real blame usually should go to powerholders, and most folks are afraid of powerholders. Fear of those in authority is a baked in reflex for most people. Thus, being a top dog means never having to say you're sorry. Just ask Don Sterni.

I blame Ainge and the Celtics owners for the Perk Trade. I don't blame Green. And frankly, Ainge has done a lot to win back the confidence of fans, enough that we really should trust his judgement on Green.

I think this team will be very flexible. We'll see a lot of different people cutting to the basket, flashing to the post, working off screens, etc.. It won't be as easy to sit on certain people or plays against a constantly shifting offense.



I agree with that. Ainge has won a lot of us back. In his way, he's apologized, or admitted guilt about Perk. But fans seem to love tearing Green down. They want him to be this great player, and he still can be. Give him time with Rondo,and the guys. He gets training camp, and thats a big thing.
Reply paul
11:09 AM on September 6, 2012 
Celticslifer says...
I agree with that. Ainge has won a lot of us back. In his way, he's apologized, or admitted guilt about Perk. But fans seem to love tearing Green down. They want him to be this great player, and he still can be. Give him time with Rondo,and the guys. He gets training camp, and thats a big thing.


I don't really see him ever being a truly great player. But I think he could be very good, and that would be great.
Reply Franklin
12:59 PM on September 6, 2012 
Green won't be great,but he'll be better than what most think he will be. Green will be a boderline all star for a season or two perhaps,but just not good enough.
Reply paul
1:41 PM on September 6, 2012 
Franklin says...
Green won't be great,but he'll be better than what most think he will be. Green will be a boderline all star for a season or two perhaps,but just not good enough.



Like Cedric Maxwell maybe (different position)