Re: What is Jeff Green?
posted at 4/10/2014 11:17 AM EDT
He's a tall, lithe, coordinated, 6'9" guy with big hands who can also run fast and jump high. These attributes are natural gifts.
Having been introduced to basketball, he also learned how to shoot a jump shot and dribble in a straight line. And that's just about where it stopped.
Seriously, that's it. Anything else that he might have added to his 'game' beyond natural gifts, he hasn't. He hasn't learned to do anything that he wasn't born with.
Ballhandling: he routinely bounces balls off his own feet, leg, etc; he can't change direction even once on any drives to the basket; he dribbles the ball way too high and gets picked; he has no crossover or hesitation move; in transition, if not ahead of the pack, he can't speed dribble
Passing: he's an awful passer, not even a break even one; he's an upperbody passer who gets little or no help from his legs/body; makes virtually no plays for teammates via pass
Rebounding: the less said about this, the better, but how do you digest 'the most naturally, athletically gifted' and arguably the second tallest player you have cruising to 2-3 rebound games? Pressey gets that many per minutes he plays.
Defense: individually, on the ball, he breaks even, and, yes, he can kick in natural gifts for the occasional spectacular run-down block; but as an off the ball and team defender, he is bad; he gets too easily lost; he floats; he turns his head and sometimes his whole body; put him into a pick and roll and he's he's a mess; as the off guy supporting the two pick and roll defenders, he routinely is not there; last night against ATL he and Bass defending pick and roll looked like Laurel and Hardy in a revolving door, and individually, Green just flat out lost Korver and Carroll numerous times.
Floor sense: nearly none; on offense, unless he has the ball in his hands, he seems not only disengaged and unaware but also disinterested in what's going on around him; defensively slow to loose balls, rebounds
Is he a nice guy? Looks like it. Does he merit our admiration for his ability to come back from heart surgery? You bet. Is he naturally gifted? Yes.
Is he a natural, intuitive basketball player? No. Can he start and be a reliable scorer, defender, passer, rebounder on a championship team? No.
Can he be a handy player 8-9 on such a team? Yes, if you can live with the things he can't do.