Hi folks, Blazer fan here. Hopefully this won't come off as too sour grapes, but I've been wondering why Jeff Green gets so much credit and is thought of as part of the Thunder "Big 3." I wanted to get your opinion.
Kevin Durant is an unbelievable player, one of the best scorers the league has ever seen and already a top 10-15 player in the league. I don't think he'll ever be as good as e.g LeBron, but he's already a great player and getting better.
Russell Westbrook is a great young piece. He's not the most efficient offensive player, but he's improved his playmaking and he's an incredible rebounder for a guard. More importantly, he's already a terrific defensive PG and could eventually be as good as Rajon Rondo on that end of the floor, and a triple double threat as well. I don't see him ever becoming a great shooter and I think he'll always have an issue with turnovers, but his defense alone makes him a huge asset. Very nice sidekick for KD.
That brings me to Jeff Green. I honestly don't understand why he is viewed as a good NBA player. He's shooting 44% from the field and 30% from 3 pt range. For the advanced stat geeks out there, he's got a .517 True Shooting% which is pretty terrible for a PF. Furthermore, he's a very below average rebounder for a 4 man. Putting it all together, he's got a below average PER of 13.4, which is actually down from his 13.9 PER from last year. There aren't many signs he's getting better. On defense, I think he's fine but nothing special. Looking at the adjusted plus minus data on basketballvalue paints an even worse picture. The Thunder have been better with him off the floor the past two years-- quite a bit better in fact. Now, as you folks know, that stat has plenty of noise in it, but while Durant's made a huge turnaround in this category helped by vast improvements in his D (and he was probably never as bad as it suggested), Green has made no such strides.
So, I ask you guys: How good is Jeff Green in your opinion and how big a part of OKC's "Big 3" is he?
Anyway, you guys have a great young team that plays great, inspired D and has a staggeringly talented scorer in Durant. I'm just curious about Green.