In case you haven’t read my last article, I don’t think the C’s are going to do well this year. So that leads me to see which pieces of our roster we need to keep to rebuild. After all, Pierce and Garnett can’t play forever, let alone carry Beantown on their back like they have in years past. So that leads me to Jeff Green. The entire NBA was left scratching their heads when Perk was sent packing to OKC, but now we get to see if management was on to something. Green has a one thing Perk does not, that one thing that all coaches love: Versatility. Much like Roy Hibbert and Greg Monroe, both Georgetown graduates, Green isn’t flashy. He won’t be on SportsCenter Top 10, and he won’t sell millions of jerseys, but he will help us win games as an important glue guy. Considering all of Green’s talents, his most useful may be as a defender. It may take him a few months or even a full season to get back to form and comfortable, but he will be worth the wait.
If you remember a few years back when Kobe was in his prime, defenders started getting “Kobe stopper” labels. Obviously no one can completely shut down the younger Kobe or LBJ but there are certainly play styles and body types that are much more favorable than others. Jeff Green gets that “Bron stopper” label. Try and think of a player who has played in the post the majority of their career at a big time school in possibly the best college conference, and still has the foot speed and lateral quickness to transition into the NBA as a small forward. Especially with LBJ attacking the post more and more, Green can be a huge asset for Boston in the playoffs for years to come. If my prediction on a Celtics 1st round exit is correct, then Angie will need to think more about keep Rondo happy and building a roster for the next era, and Jeff Green may be the key to that.