We’re profiling every player on the Celtics roster before training camp begins. Today it’s Jeff Green.
6-feet-9-inches, 235 pounds, 26-years-old
Strengths: Green can play both the small forward and power forward positions. His versatility will allow the Celtics to mix up their lineups. I can envision a scenario in which the Celtics use a lineup of, say, Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, Green, and Kevin Garnett to close a game. Slotting Green down into the three-spot would allow the Celtics to match up with Pierce off the floor. Green will also be a running partner for Rondo and Avery Bradley in the open floor.
Room to improve: Celtics media day is Friday, Sept. 28. During last year’s Celtics media day, Green was sure he’d only miss a day or two while the team sorted out some issues in his physical. Instead, an aortic aneurism sidelined Green for the entire season. There’s legitimate reason to question whether Green will be in playing shape. He can also improve on 3-point shooting, where he’s a 34-percent shooter for his career.
Projections for 2012/13: 75 games, 10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 30.0 minutes
Outlook: It’s tough to project Green’s numbers without knowing how much he’ll play, but the Celtics are paying him like a major contributor (4 years, $36 million). Green averaged 37 minutes per game during his final season in Oklahoma and 23 minutes per game after being traded to Boston, so split the difference. The Celtics can use Green in many packages, but his most important role will be in relief of Pierce. It’ll be interesting to see if the Celtics can fake going big with Green and someone like Chris Wilcox on the floor when Garnett sits out.