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Here we go.. Another.. Is Jeff Green Really that bad?

I have found myself rather tired of all of the hatred for Jeff Green. I simply do not understand why everyone is ready to dump his contract and abilities right now. Especially when Green is not playing that terribly bad. I guess people do not understand because Green is not averaging 22 points a game and all kinds of other crazy things we wish he was doing. The first thing to keep in mind is, the guy is only averaging 22 minutes per game. If you expect him to reach 22-30 points a game, he could probably do it if he were playing 32 minutes a game.

I took the liberty to look at some advanced statistics and use a website to do some comparisons. That way the rest of this blog can see where Green stacks up against some other players. The first player I have here for comparison is Nicolas Batum. Why? Because he is making the same salary that Jeff green is roughly. Take a look at these statistics and make a judgement from there....

Before I show the statistics from one site. I also just want to throw out Green's DRtg this year, which is 105. This is 105 points allowed per 100 possessions. Did you know LeBron James is 104 points allowed per 100 possessions? Just thought that was an interesting statistic about Green's defense.

POS Min Wins PTS DRB ORB REB AST TO BLK STL PF

Batum SF 793 2.9 20.3 5.4 1.8 7.2 4.3 3.2 1.3 2.0 2.2

Green SF 525 0.0 20.9 5.4 1.4 6.8 1.5 3.1 1.0 1.2 3.5

FG% 2FG% 3FG% FT% eFG% TS% FGA 3FGA PPS FTA

Batum 41.9% 48.8% 35.5% 83.3% 51.1% 55.7% 16.3 8.5 1.24 4.4

Green 43.7% 45.3% 37.5% 80.0% 47.5% 51.8% 18.2 3.7 1.15 4.6

Average SF 43.3% 46.6% 36.5% 77.8% 49.3% 53.3% 16.4 5.4 1.19 4.2

Batum's DRtg is 108. A bit higher than Green's set at 105.

Sorry the set up is a little bunched and keep in mind, everything is set up per 48 minutes. Notice though, both players are averaging nearly the same points, same DRB, nearly the same REB. They are fairly even in comparison, especially considering they make the same amount of money. Looking at the second set of statistics, again, very similar except in a few spots. Point is, these two make the same amount of money and are doing fairly similar. Want to see these statistics yourself? Click here.

Now, the next argument could be, well they are both over paid. So, I decided to put Jeff Green up against Rudy Gay. Rudy Gay makes more and is perceived to be a much better player. So why not compare them and see what we come up with?

POS Min Wins PTS DRB ORB REB AST TO BLk STL PF

Gay SF 784 1.3 24.4 6.0 1.9 7.9 3.1 3.2 1.3 1.9 2.9

Green SF 525 0.0 20.9 5.4 1.4 6.8 1.5 3.1 1.0 1.2 3.5

Average SF 515 1.1 19.5 6.0 1.6 7.5 3.4 2.6 0.9 1.6 3.4

FG% 2FG% 3FG% FT% eFG% TS% FGA 3FGA PPS FTA

Gay 42.0% 44.3% 32.9% 80.5% 45.3% 49.7% 22.2 4.5 1.10 5.3

Green 43.7% 45.3% 37.5% 80.0% 47.5% 51.8% 18.2 3.7 1.15 4.6

Average SF 43.3% 46.6% 36.5% 77.8% 49.3% 53.3% 16.4 5.4 1.19 4.2

Gay's DRtg is 100. A few points better than Jeff Green's 104.

Again, I apologize how it is a bit crunched together and difficult to read. From the first set of statistics, Gay wins nearly every one of them. Which is not surprising, they are the per 48 minutes statistics that Gay & Green is currently pulling in. However, when examining the second set, Green is better at his FG%, 2FG%, eFG%, TS%, PPS. All important numbers and all telling numbers of just how well Green is playing. Again, these are all just for this season. Again, don't believe me? Take a look for yourself.

I will not pretend like the per 48 minutes differences do not matter. They do, Gay clearly scores more points per 48 minutes, gets more rebounds, assists better, and does a few other things a bit better. However, if Green took as many shots as Gay and Green kept up his percentages while taking more shots, Green would average more points per 48 minutes.

The point I am getting at is, Rudy Gay is better than Green. How much? That is up to you to decide. I personally would say that Gay is not tremendously better and in fact, is only a little bit better at a few things. Such as rebounding or assists. Could that be minutes? Maybe. However, Gay is making over $16M this year. Green? Again, only $9M. I would argue that Gay is vastly over paid, but again - the point is these two players are fairly similar on these statistics.

Green is not that bad. That is the point of all of this. He really is NOT that bad. He certainly is not the next LeBron James, or Carmelo Anthony. But Green simply is not horrible. These stats I have presented are this season in its entirety, even when he was off to a bad start the first 10 games or so.

Feel free to discuss, I always enjoy reading what others have to say or if there are other pertinent stats to consider. I hope some of you will realize that Green simply is not that terrible of a player.

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