As I sit here and watch this Celtics preseason game against the 76ers and I hear the commentary and I see the tweets, I just feel compelled to get this off my chest. Jeff Green isn't a scoring machine like he is portrayed to be and people need to stop.
This has been a commentary that I've noticed since Jeff Green first arrived in Boston. "Green needs to assert himself more." "Jeff Green needs to be more selfish with his scoring." I've been waiting for this monster of a scorer and I was sick of waiting so I looked up some stats. Let me throw some numbers at you:
Jeff Green has been in the league for six seasons and he has played in at least 49 games in all but one season. Green has never averaged more than 16.5 points per game in any season and averages 13.6 points per game for his career.
NBA caliber "scorers" like Paul Pierce, who Green was often slated as taking over for, averages 21.8 points per game for his career and his career high is 26.8 in 2006. Pierce's rookie year was a career-low in scoring and he averaged 16.5 points per game. Does that number look familiar? It's Jeff Green's career-high.
What about college ball you ask? Here are Green's points per game totals in his three years at Georgetown: 13.1, 11.9 and 14.3.
Danilo Gallinari, who most wouldn't consider a great scorer, averages more points per game in his career than Jeff Green. Gallinari, who is two years younger than Green, averages 14.5 points per game in his career that has lasted just one year shorter than Jeff Green's.
Green's NBA career high in shot attempts per game is 13.7, which would need to come way up if he wants to be the leading scorer on this Celtics team. Gallinari's shot attempts per game are just 12.3 for a career-high, which is lower than Green.
I'm not trying to be a dick, so I'll spin it positive for a second. If Green shoots more than he can be a little more dangerous in Carmelo Anthony kind of way. Anthony jacks up 22 shots per game and of course your scoring numbers would go up.
I also think that Green's development could have been hindered in the Celtics system because of all the big names that were here such as Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and KG. He has real potential, but I haven't seen it.
Everyone needs to stop dubbing him a scorer before he's proven it. It drives me crazy. Rant over.