Jeff Green is getting tons of minutes over the last three weeks coming off the Boston bench.
Analysis: Green is averaging 31.6 minutes per game over his last week of action. In this five game span he’s averaging 14.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG and he’s shooting 47% from the field. He’s always been the athletic small forward/power forward that can contribute in the rebound, steal and block departments but other aspects of his game are coming along. He’s shooting 92% from the stripe over the last week and is shooting 81% from the stripe this year, up 4% from his career average of 77%. With his increased playing time his rebounds are starting to creep back up into the five per game range. We also cannot forget that he does hit nearly one three per game.
Jeff Green is available in 50-75% of fantasy leagues nationwide. Any player with his type of athleticism that is getting thirty plus minutes per game makes an intriguing add. He’s contributing in seven of eight fantasy categories and over the last two weeks he is outperforming Kyle Korver, Martell Webster, Taj Gibson and Tiago Splitter.
Just five games in to his stint with the Celtics, Jeff Green has been a fantasy disappointment.
Analysis: Jeff Green has played five games now with Boston and has yet to tally an assist, it’s mind boggling. Not that he was much help in the assist department in Oklahoma City but anything helps. Green’s minutes are down but he’s still getting over twenty minutes a game. He’s averaging a miserable ten points per game as a Celtic, down about five points from his season average. Green’s rebounds are extremely low as well. He’s averaging just 1.6 boards per game while his season average sits at 5.2 boards per game. His three pointers made are down one from his season average. These numbers don’t come as a huge surprise but slightly shocking nonetheless. To put in directly, Jeff Green has become an average fantasy forward. There really is only one positive in his move to Boston- his field goal percentage is over fifty-five percent in his five games as a Celtic but it means little when he’s not taking many shots.
Projection: Jeff Green isn’t at the point where you just drop him. He’s on an aging team and some more minutes down the stretch may be in order. Patience is key in this situation, you don’t want to drop Green only for him to land on a rival fantasy squad to kill you in the last few weeks of the season. Green won’t produce like he did in Oklahoma City but he’s not this bad either.
The decks have been re-shuffled and its a race to the finish in the Association!
For months we heard rumors of the final destination of Carmelo Anthony. New York, New Jersey, back and forth, who would it be. As the world knows, the Knicks won the prize, but across the river, it was the Nets setting the bar with a shocking trade for mega point guard Deon Williams. The Williams deal surprised everyone, no rumors, mock salary cap experts making it balance. Simply done deal.
How did the projected playoff teams fare? We start atop the Atlantic Division with Boston. Not unlike The Deron Deal, The Celtics surpised the NBA world by shipping their big body in the middle, Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City. It was certainly no secret the C’s wanted a reliable swing man to back up Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, but not by parting with the blue collar glue that bonded the four All-Stars together. From a fantasy perspective don’t expect the numbers to change much. Perkins will continue to rebound and man the middle, while Jeff Green’s shots will be limited for many of the same reasons he had to share in Oklahoma. Atlanta was the other big mover in the East. The Hawks finally getting a point guard that can do it all. Kirk Hinrich brings leadership, a strong on ball perimeter defense and the ability to both distribute and score. Hinrich’s assist numbers should explode and Atlanta’s big three of Joe Johnson, Al Horford and Josh Smith should see increased scoring numbers across the board. Out West, watch out Lakers, yes that Thunder you hear in the distance is coming from Oklahoma. Not only did OK City acquire Perkins but another big body in Nazr Mohammed. Nazr won’t bring you any fantasy numbers, but does bring the body to help Perk bang the Duncan’s, Dirk’s and Gasol’s of the West. Portland pulls in best supporting actor out West, adding the mercurial Gerald Wallace. Wallace will continue to stash multiple fantasy categories and provides some insurance for the hobbled Brandon Roy. Like New Jersey in the East, Denver did what it had to do to salvage value for Deron getting a future fantasy stud in Derrick Favors. For now, Devin Harris assumes Williams’ assists while Favors continues to develop. The focus now shifts from the trade chat rooms to the court for what promises to be one of the more anticipated post-seasons in years.