When the Brooklyn Nets traded big man Jarrett Allen to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they took a risk by thinning their frontcourt depth. But that blow has been softened by NBA veteran Jeff Green, who has proven his value.
Green, who reached double-digit scoring totals just once in his first twelve games this season, has since reached 10 points or more in 16 of his last 18 appearances. His best game came against the Washington Wizards on Jan. 31, notching a season-high 23 points while shooting 4-for-5 on three-pointers.
Jeff Green is having a very underrated year, he is shooting 43% from 3 on 5 per 36 while also shooting 59% from 2 and he uses his athletic ability well. pic.twitter.com/OlUbJ2KefW
— NBA Discussion (@NBAisBest4) February 17, 2021
The 34-year-old also soared for a remarkable dunk over 21-year-old Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III on Feb. 15, showing his athleticism hasn’t faded during his tenure in the league.
But the best performance from Green was in a come-from-behind victory over the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 16. He hit four crucial buckets in the fourth quarter, swinging momentum in Brooklyn’s favor, and Nets superstar James Harden even called his name in crunch minutes because he knew he could trust his teammate.
Green, who played for Brooklyn’s assistant coach Mike D’Antoni on the Rockets last season, has proven himself to be an impactful member of the rotation for the Eastern Conference favorites. He could earn a nice contract this offseason, beyond the previously expected minimum, if he continues at this pace.