Originally posted on Celtics Town  |  Last updated 8/26/12


This is a series of posts which highlight each key player in the Celtics’ run towards banner 18.  It will highlight the areas of their game they need to improve most for the Celtics to be able to compete with the talent-blitzed teams of 2012-13.  The area will sometimes be a player’s biggest flaw, or sometimes his biggest strength, but each post will highlight what this Celtics team needs players to change this season for the Celtics to have success.

As Jeff Green walks around Boston with a giant question mark on his forehead, several smart folks have begun to analyze how he will contribute to this year’s Celtics team.  We ‘Finally!!!’ know he will be a member of the Boston Celtics, so next came predictions of what he might offer the team (including great looks here and here).

To add to the conversation, let’s begin with what Green brought Boston toward the end of the 2010-11 season.  Many folks seem to believe Green played worse wearing the green and white than he did with the Thunder.  That’s not entirely true. Because he was no longer a starter, his per-game stats took a major dip. But his average points per 36 minutes was consistent with the rest of his career. He shot a better field goal percentage and comparable 3-point percentage in Boston, but whatever minor increases he saw shooting were counteracted by a dip in rebounds per 36 minutes. Long story short, Green did not really play worse for the Celtics. Statistically, they got what they should have expected to.

Yet Green seemed to play with a heightened passivity in Boston he didn’t always display in Oklahoma City. When playing alongside Boston’s stars, Green seemed to want to hide in the shadows. When Doc Rivers encouraged Green to be the second unit’s primary scoring threat, he often forced his looks and seemed uncomfortable in an aggressive role. Doc’s cries for Green to lead the bench as a scorer were like continued attempts to push a square block into a circular hole.

With Jason Terry and Courtney Lee added to Boston’s rotation, Green should fit better now on Boston’s bench. He won’t have to be a first option anymore, which is better-suited to his basketball personality and should be better for the Celtics–to extend the analogy, Green shouldn’t have to be such a square block anymore.

The Georgetown product has only played with the Celtics for half a season, during which he was under an intense microscope of Celtics fans upset about the departure of their beloved Perk.  Many eyes are still watching (and Green’s reported $36 million contract certainly won’t decrease anybody’s focus on his play), but they have relaxed a little bit after Green’s aortic aneurysm allowed him to step out of the limelight for a year and gave fans time to look at the situation with less emotion.

Green says he is coming back ready to play and ready to strive for a championship, but every player should be held to that standard.  More important to Boston’s success is how Green and Doc work together to find exactly what the combo-forward will provide for Boston this year, to allow him to find on-court comfort with the Celtics.  Once Green finds that place, his goal should become maintaining it and bringing consistency to the second unit.  The size and athleticism Green offers will be very important to the success of the Celtics bench this season. He just needs to find a role that will help him utilize his considerable talent and impact the team more than he did during his initial stint in Boston–which, when you consider that Green played just as well in Boston as he ever did in OKC, would mean playing the best basketball of his career.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Colts on Andrew Luck contract: ‘It’s going to be a shocking number’

GW basketball coach kicked out of daughter’s HS game

A-Rod is (inadvertently) hurting the Yankees

Report: CM Punk to have back surgery, UFC debut delayed

John Elway: 2015 Broncos could be best defense ever

Lakers and Cavs discussed Kobe-LeBron trade in 2007

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Hiring Scott Brooks could help Knicks land Durant

Report: Tyreke Evans to undergo surgery, miss rest of season

Sabathia on post-rehab health: The best I've felt in three years

Carmelo Anthony says he's putting his trust in Phil Jackson

Lynn Swann: Calvin Johnson not a Hall of Famer

NFL requiring background checks for combine participants

Vince Carter: I’ll know when, but I’m not ready to retire

Bill Polian: Peyton Manning could 'immediately' be successful GM

Villanova Wildcats: The quietest No. 1 team ever

Craig Sager: From the brink of death to the NBA All-Star Game

Michael Oher slid backwards during play in Super Bowl 50

Magic interested in Blake Griffin trade?

Brandon Marshall on Newton’s presser: ‘You can’t do that’

Oscillation, thy name is Pablo Sandoval

Mat Latos could be the steal of free agency

WATCH: Blackhawks coach walks out of press conference

Greg McElroy: Cam Newton 'quit on his team'

Tennis umpires secretly banned over gambling issues

WATCH: Dancing Kentucky fan slides down rail, fails

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker