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Jeff Green's Game Looks Like It's Expanding To Unexpected Lengths

When Jeff Green was re-signed to Boston, one thing that fans knew he would be good for was scoring. Jeff Green has the scoring mentality. He can slash to the basket, he can post up, and he can stretch you out to the 3-point line. Green is a proven scorer, but one aspect of his game that I've seen improve is his passing.

The last 4 games for Green haven't been the best scoring wise. Sure he's averaging 15.5 points a game, during this stretch, but he's also shooting a poor 41.8% from the field. To make up for it though, Green is becoming a little bit of a facilitator. During this same stretch, Green is averaging 4.8 assists which was both unexpected, and encouraging.

It's unexpected because Green only averages 1.6 assists for the season, and it's encouraging because Green will hopefully be the Paul Pierce replacement, and so if he could expand his game to incorporate the point-forward style of play that Paul Pierce has (sometimes) then that spells great news for the future.

I will make note of Green's turnovers though. During this same 4-game stretch, Green is averaging 2.8 turnovers, and he also had a season-high 5 turnovers in this stretch against the Dallas Mavericks.

I won't get carried away with his playmaking though. Play making is not as big a part of Green's game as is making plays. Green has been very aggressive in looking for his shot, averaging 13 attempts in the last 4 games, and so I'm not expecting Green to be a big-time ball handler. I still wan't Green to be aggressive in taking it to the rim, drawing fouls (but not offensive fouls because they count as turnovers!), keeping the defense on it's heels, and making them pay with free throws.

I just wanted to make note of Green's passing game. Green's season-high in assists came during thais stretch in the Knicks game where he logged six. Green is averaging 3.1 assists for the month of March which happens to be tied for 2nd highest on the team (next to Terry, and behind Pierce),

What are your thoughts? Can Jeff Green be the point-forward of the future? Should he remain strictly a scorer and not a play maker?

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