The high-flying Gerald Green has had quite the ride in the NBA so far in his career. He’s seemingly found a good home in Indiana, but will it last?
Green’s career has been a rollercoaster so far, as he’s failed to impress enough to stay on with one team for more than two consecutive seasons. His stint with the Pacers is already the sixth different team he’s played for.
After getting drafted in the first round by the Boston Celtics in 2005, Green averaged as a legitimate scoring option in his second year as a pro. He averaged 22.0 minutes per game and put up 10.4 points a contest, while shooting 367.8 percent from three and 80.5 percent from the line.
However, he failed to generate enough confidence from the coaching staff, and over the following four years bounced around with the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks.
Green’s one-dimensional game and lack of consistency bugged coaches and fans alike, but it appears he’s matured a great deal. So far in the 2012/13 season, he’s been doing better defensively and has been a greater force on the boards as well.
With Danny Granger out due to injury, Green is getting more minutes than he normally would. He’s started three games already and is averaging 27.6 minutes per game. His averages: 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Green will continue to get extended minutes, as long as he doesn’t do anything too crazy. Granger is apparently going to be out for at least another couple of months and Green has proven that he can still score at the highest level, which is something the Pacers need without their top guy on the court.
Despite Green’s emergence though, the Pacers have been killing people’s NBA picks, as they’re just 3-6 on the season. They’re really going to have to figure it out soon or they risk missing out on the playoffs.