For whatever reason, several of the league's more entertaining players have fallen off in recent years. Be it due to injury, confidence issues, rotation frustrations, a poor fit, or general ennui in a profession that can get tiresome, these players have disappointed of late. For the next few weeks, we're going to take a look at a list of familiar names that haven't produced familiar games over the last few years. Or, at least players that have produced games that we don't want to be in the habit of familiarizing ourselves with.
Today, we're looking at Indiana Pacers shooting guard Gerald Green.
We've done this before, you know. Gerald Green, the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk contest winner, is set for his latest and greatest chance at making the impact that his potential demands at the NBA level. After a promising stint with the then-New Jersey Nets during 2011-12, Green signed a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers earlier this summer, and he's saying all the right things during the team's offseason. Actually, he's doing all the right things — working with newly maxed-out All-Star center Roy Hibbert and other Pacers well before the team's training camp starts in October. It's just fine to be equally cynical and chuffed by the whole ordeal.
"I didn't grow up playing in my backyard dreaming of playing in Russia," Green said.
Some people have. Bob Knight, we're guessing. John Milius, probz. A guy that nearly won an NBA dunk competition by blowing out a candle on a cupcake while he dunked? Definitely not.
That's the fun behind all of this, though. It's not our money, that the Pacers signed Green to (at least until we buy our niece one of those Simon cards to go shop with next December), and the last four years of his career should have us enthused about his growth. He did well in Russia, worked hard in the D-League, and played above-average ball with the Nets last season.