When Green was traded for Perk I remember actually feeling sick to my stomach. Everything I read about him indicated he was fool's gold. A shiny player who could make a higlight play that would leave you drooling at his potential but nothing else. What's more the advanced metric guys hated him.
Basically according to Adjusted Plus/Minus stats every team Green is on becomes worse the minute he takes the court. This despite putting up a solid 15 points a game for his career. Most of the articles by guys like Hollinger indicate terrible defense as the culprit. If Jeff scored 17 points he gave up 20. If he got 5 rebounds his opponent got 10. Basically the label I kept reading was tweener. Too small for the Power forward too slow for the Small Forward. (Believe it or not despite being a gazelle Green has little lateral quickness. one article I read indicated that Darko and Chris Wilcox a Center and a four both had better lateral quickness than Green.)
This year after heart surgery Green was basically, the same ole Jeff Green. according to stats (all form celticsblog which had a great piece on Green today.)
here are his advanced numbers for the first few months of the season. The higher the offensive rating the better. The lower the Defensive rating the better. As you can see Green's offensive is average the first month and his defense is terrible. The second month the offense regresses to terrible and the defense does improve some but his impact on the game is still negative.
November: Offensive Rating 102.6 Defensive Rating. 122.3
December: Offensive Rating 94.4 Defensive Rating. 100.2
So in both cases his defensive shortcomings out weigh his offensive contributions. Par for his career with both the Celtics and Thunder. These last two months though he has completely turned it around.
January: Offensive Rating 101.1 Defensive Rating. 96.1
February: Offensive Rating 104.1 Defensive Rating. 89.8
In February so far has been outstanding and in that stretch was the game where Green held Lebron to one of his worst games of the year. If Green keeps playing like this he can be the player we all hoped we’d be getting. Which is pretty cool because the guy has mad talent. Who knows if he can keep it up but if he can this team might make some serious noise.