Our End of Season Evaluation series continues this week, and first up is the sensational sophomore, "Uncle" Jeff Green. The series will continue all week long with Earl Watson on Tuesday, Robert Swift on Wednesday, Desmond Mason on Thursday, and concludes on Friday with Kevin Durant. Jeff Green's 2008-09 season performance was leaps and bounds improved over what we saw out of him as a rookie, and has shown signs that he may be growing into a potential star player. He might have spent the entire two years of his NBA career playing in Kevin Durants shadow, but if he continues to make strides from one year to the next, as he did this season, he's going to be a highly productive player in this league for many years to come. But is he the long term answer for this team at the power forward position? Its been argued all over the internet as to whether he's capable of being the long term solution at the 4. We'll discuss that throughout this evaluation.
Below the fold, you'll see Jeff Greens 2007-08 statline from his rookie season in Seattle, and his statline from the Oklahoma City Thunder inaugural season. He improved his game in nearly every single statistical category, and the ones he saw a dropoff were not only rare, but extremely minimal. His turnovers per game got worse by .2 per game, but when you factor in that he was playing 8 more minutes per game, that's actually an improvement as well. The only other major stats that weren't as good this year as last were blocks (.2 less than last year), and personal fouls (.1 more than last year). So again, factoring in the extra playing time, the only real stat that was worse this year than last was blocks per game. Every other major statistical category saw improvement, and in some cases major improvements.
#22 / Forward / Oklahoma City Thunder
Aug 28, 1986
|2007 - Jeff Green||80||28.2||4.0
|2008 - Jeff Green||78||36.8||6.1||13.7||44.6||1.2||3.2||38.9||3.1||3.9||78.8||1.5||5.1||6.7||2.0||2.2||1.0||0.4||2.6||16.5|
End of Season Evaluations (Click the Picture to read each players Evaluation)