COMMENTARY | There is always plenty of frustration surrounding losing teams. The Boston Celtics are no exception, as the team has looked beyond awful lately.
Fans often get sold on a player's potential and become upset when a star doesn't emerge. This is true with Jeff Green, who is the most frustrating player on the Boston Celtics.
Here are a few reasons why this is the case:
Plenty of physical talent
Physically, Green has everything you look for in an NBA player. He has the height and length to play either forward position, the speed and athleticism to create matchup problems, and the ability to shoot from the perimeter.
This is exactly why it's so tough to watch him.
Boston fans have such high expectations of Green for these reasons. Physically, it's awfully tough to comprehend why he's not a better player. There are plenty of players around the league who make more out of less physical talent.
Lack of passing ability
At 6-9, Green is a pretty capable ball-handler. He can bring the ball up and handle in transition, which is a valuable skill for a team playing that played most of this season without Rajon Rondo.
This is why it's so baffling that Jeff Green is averaging less than 2 assists per game, which is right on par with Jared Sullinger's average. Something doesn't add up here.
Green has the play-making abilities and a reliable handle. So how does he get so few assists?
Height, length, and athleticism is usually a winning combination when it comes to rebounding, right?
When he played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Green had two seasons where he averaged 6.7 and 6.0 rebounds per game. This year has been his best rebounding year with Boston, where he's right around 5 per game. The Celtics lack a rebound-gobbling center, so it's hard to understand how Green doesn't come away with more rebounds.
Quite frankly, someone of Green's size and athleticism should create much more trouble on the defensive end.
He doesn't really block shots or jump passing lanes for steals. Green's defensive rating, which is an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions, is an unimpressive 108.
It's no secret that professional athletes make the big bucks, and salary is certainly a factor when we evaluate players.
Green makes $8.7 million this season, and will make $9.2 million next season. It's fair to expect a lot out of anyone that makes that much money, and it's frustrating when anyone getting those paychecks seemingly loses interest on any given night.
If we were to cut his salary in half, it'd be easier to live with his deficiencies. Until then, he'll continue to be the most frustrating player on the Boston Celtics.
All statistics are via Basketball-Reference, all salary numbers are via HoopsHype.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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