Mr. Jeff Green just signed a pretty nice contract, reportedly four years for around $36 million. That's a lot of money, especially for someone who will be the seventh man (sixth man, that's Jason Terry's job).
Still, you'd expect that Green is going to get some significant playing time relieving both Paul Piece and Brandon Bass next season and beyond. Why else would they give him such a big contract? Other than the fact that Ainge really had to hold onto him or he literally would've given up Perkins for nothing.
Green's best season in the NBA came in his sophomore year and the first season of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 2008-09 season. That year saw him shoot 44.6% from the field, 38.9% from three and average 16.5 points per game.
The worst stretch of his career? Two seasons ago when he came to Boston. He averaged only about 9.8 points per game, shot 29.6% from three but did shoot 48.5% from the field.
Now obviously he had a lesser role when he came to Boston. Though that won't forseeably change in the near future. Green went from being a starter, to being a sixth man. Now, after his big contract, he's even further down than a sixth man.
When looking at his first rough stretch in Boston, we do have to consider that it was kind of a confusing time. If you remember correctly back to the 2010-11 season, Rondo went through quite a slump following the Perkins deal. The whole team was going through a slide. Give Jeff Green credit for sticking it out with the Celtics and staying around the team even though he missed all of last year with a heart condition.
So, all factors considered, what kind of numbers do you think Jeff Green will put up? Will he get back to the 16.5/game range or will his numbers stay more in line with what we've seen of him in a Boston uniform?
Comment below with what you think the Celtcs can get out of Green this year.
Michael Saver 8/24/2012 10:05:00 AM Tweet