Monday, March 10, 2014
Jeff Green or Josh Smith? Who would you take?
Josh Smith mentioned that him and Rondo discussed about a possible team up in the past. Smith signed a 4 year, $54 million dollar contract with the Pistons this past summer. Which pretty much killed the thought of a partnership between the two best friends. Boston fans have wished, dreamed, thought of every possible trade using ESPN's trade machine. Just take a look at this picture from the guys at CelticsLife.com.
Josh Smith has career averages of 15.2 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists through 10 seasons in the NBA. Smith has solid career averages, but his free throw shooting has never improved. His career percentage is 64% from the charity stripe with no improvement. Smith at times is also a volume three-point bomber. He's shooting 27% for his career from three, and he's shooting 23% this year form downtown. Smith isn't all bad, he's one of the best players playing a fastbreak brand of basketball. That's a bit appeal for many, but how long can he play that style? Most great players have a fall back plan as their skill level falls off.
Jeff Green, and Smith both are tweener type players. Both play the three, and they can play the four as well. Jeff Green has played in the NBA for 7 seasons. Green has become known for big games, and then a few not so big games. That's the true definition of being an inconsistent player. Green is having a career year, even though the Celtics haven't played well. Jeff is averaging almost 17 points a night, and he's had some of his biggest scoring nights in his career. Jeff Green scored 27 points in Boston's win over Smith's Pistons. Smith matched Green with a 28 point performance of his own.
Green is a better scorer than Smith, especially from three-point land, where Green is around 35% for his career. Smith is more of an intangibles player, he'll do a lot of the little things that don't show on the stat sheet. I think Green is a flat out better scorer, Green shows signs of doing some NBA intangibles. He's able to do the Lebron come from behind block from time to time. The debate rages on, which small forward would you want if you had a choice. I would stick with Green.
I think Smith could still come up in rumors. He was earlier in the year after coming out of the gates slow for the Pistons. If the Celtics and Pistons would pull off a trade. Green would have to be in that trade if Ainge worked on a deal bringing in Smith. I do wonder if Rondo can take Smith to an extra level, and that keeps me guessing. The one thing that keeps me second guessing is Smith's contract. It's a deal breaker for me.
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