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Doc’s Learning How To Use Jeff Green

In General NBA on March 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Nice article by Peter May

Doc Rivers has had Jeff Green for three weeks — and he still is trying to figure out the multidimensional, multitalented forward.

Power forward or small forward? Inside guy or outside guy? Deferential guy or aggressive guy?

How about all of the above?

“I’m still learning how best to use him,” Rivers said before his team headed to Texas for a Friday night meeting with the Houston Rockets. “He can do so many different things in so many different ways.”

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There’s a Garnett-ian, unselfish streak in Green, what Rivers calls “his passive-aggressive thing.” The coach said he’s working on triggering the aggressive part of Green as he experiments with how to use the 6-foot-9 forward.Against the Pacers, Rivers ran plays to get the ball to Green in the post. Green also nailed a 3-pointer. Green ran the floor like a gazelle. Rivers said he thinks Green may be even faster than Rajon Rondo who, you may recall, challenged Usain Bolt to a race. Green won’t go that far, but he thinks he could take Rondo.

“I would win. I would definitely win. You can ask Rondo,” Green said.

Said Indiana coach Frank Vogel: “He is a real athlete who can really run. Normally, when you talk about spread-4s in our league, you’re talking about big, slow guys, not really athletic guys. [Think Troy Murphy.] But he’s not like that. He’s got great speed. And he is an absolute beast in the post.”

Defensively, he is just as versatile. Green is what coaches call “long,” and last year in the playoffs he guarded Pau Gasol on one possession and Kobe Bryant on the next. How many guys can do that?

Jeff Green

  • Small Forward — Post up three. His size and skill-set in the low post is very difficult for most wing players to contain. He is a threat inside. He is also a very intelligent cutter so he makes nice darts to the rim whenever his man plays help defense and gets easy hoops that way too. Nice interior scorer.
  • Power Forward — An undersized quick four who is great in transition, capable of taking his man off the dribble at will and has a perimeter jump shot. Quick lineups are a priority.
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