Jeff Green has been a disappointment as a go to guy this season, and this has divided the fans into two groups: those who want to trade him to open up a roster spot and get the salary relief, and those who believe that he still has value for the Celtics, even if he can't be the no. 1 option in the offense. But what if there is a third option? That this is a bridge season and he can become that consistent scoring option?
Very few players have ever taken that leap from 16 points pr. game to 20+. Alex English did it back in the early 1980's - he actually went further on to become the leading scorer in the league - and Arron Afflalo has done it for the Magic this season. There is no reason yet to compare Green to English, but Afflalo might be someone to copy.
Afflalo experienced the same struggles trying to lead the Magic in scoring last season. He too was inconsistent and failed to deliver on a nightly basis. Out of the 64 games he played he had less than 10 points on nine occasions. He averaged 16.5 points/game. This season he averages 20.9 points and could be on his way to his first All Star weekend.
Green averages 15.8 points this season and that is enough to lead the team. His shooting efficiency is ok, though it is a bit down from last season (his TS% went from 56.1 percent last season to 53.3 percent this season). Afflalo experienced the same dip, when he became the primary scoring option in Orlando, but moved up again this season.
The Afflalo recipe for taking the leap is studying the masters on isolation (Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant) to copy their footwork etc. and hard work. The Celtics can only hope that Green will do that effort and succeed to move forward.