|Posted by Ron Leyba on October 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM|
We already know that the Boston Celtics will be a radically different team this season. We already know that without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett around, the team will desperately have to search for some scoring options. Also, we know that Rajon Rondo is not at his 100 percent and might miss a significant part of the season, as he is still rehabbing from his torn ACL injury. So what’s the next step for the C’s?
Well, first of all, in order for the team to stay at a high level and to be able to chase a playoff seed next season, they will need to address their scoring. One way or another, the team still has a defensive mindset. Doc Rivers left a superb defensive legacy behind him when he left. The C’s of course, might not be as tough on the defensive end as the previous seasons, however, their major concern at the moment is not that. The team needs production and in order to achieve it, they will have to find the right guy that can put the ball in the basket. Jeff Green is one of the best candidates for this job. Let’s see why.
First of all, Green is arguably the strongest finisher and the most athletic player the Celtics have. He also is a very productive player, when he gets the chance to play big minutes. Green averaged 15.6 points during the three seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, before he was traded to Boston. There of course, he was a starter and played for almost 37 minutes per game. In Boston, playing behind Paul Pierce, he averaged just 23.4 minutes per game during the first season with the team and 27.8 minutes during the 2012-2013 one.
Now, Green has shown some signs of struggle during the first pre-season games. He shot an ugly 27.5 percent in four games and scored 7.8 points on average. Those stats are certainly not encouraging, but he is expected to find his pace. After all, he proved that he can emerge as one of the team’s best players and leaders during the end of the previous season and the playoffs.
That’s why, Green should stay aggressive and take shot attempts, penetrate the opposing defense and try to create points for his team and easy baskets for his teammates. Whilst the team lost significant talent this summer, there are some guys that can finish or hit the open shot, when given the chance. This means that even if Green doesn't finish a penetration, he will most probably draw much defensive attention, perhaps also a help defender. That’s when he can kick the ball out to the shooters or feed the big men for an easy basket. It’s not rocket science. Green has as strong penetrating skills; he just has to make the most out of them.
Of course, as soon as Rondo returns to action, things will get slightly better for Green and the entire Celtics team. Rondo will be an upgrade to the entire offensive flow of the team. Until then, Green should be the main piece of the Celtics’ offense and he should be fully utilized by Head Coach, Brad Stevens.
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