The Jeff Green conundrum.
posted at 3/31/2011 12:42 PM EDT
Okay full disclosure. I am not thinking much of Jeff Green so far. Giving credit where it is due, he is hyper-athletic and smooth as silk. He has also been in the minus column of the Plus/Minus stat virtually every game he has played (with one or two exceptions) Leads disappear when Jeff Green is on the court. He has also looked pretty soft to me.
So I did some research.
"This season marked the third time in Green's four seasons where his offensive rating (points produced per 100 possessions) was higher than his defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions). Green produced 108 points per 100 possessions and allowed 110 points per 100 possessions in 49 games."http://bleacherreport.com/articles/619903-boston-celtics-trade-recap-forward-jeff-green-is-not-much-of-a-difference-maker
"The stunner: OKC gave up 107.7 points per 100 possessions when Green played, and only 97.7 when he didn’t. That 10-point differential is the largest I could find among main-rotation players, and it’s a number only touched upon in previous recent years by Eddy Curry and assorted Memphis players." http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2010/05/05/my-3rd-annual-nba-no-defense-team-starring-turkoglu-maggette-and-jeff-green/
Now one possible explanation for Defense this terrible is that Jeff Green was playing out of position. Kevin Durant is a small Forward for the Thunder, so Green couldn't play that, leaving him to defend the Pau Gasol's of the world.
In his scouting report on Green, Hollinger says Green, is a good defender when he defends the three and not the four. Which is great if true.
What I haven't been able to find are any stats on Green defending the three to verify this, and have no idea where to look. So I wonder does anyone have stats on him defending the lebrons and Carmelos of the world? Did anyone see him do so?
I'm also curious how well he defends Lamar Odom. I'd except him to struggle against someone like Pau Gasol a 7 fooot forward/Center, but how does he do against someone like Odom who is a similar kind of player?
I didn't watch the Thunder Lakers games last year, or this year for that matter. So I'm curious if anyone else formed impressions.
One positive note is that Ray Allen was a notoriously bad defender when he came to the Celtics and he shaped up. So Hopefully part of his growing process see Jeff Green improve like Ray did.