Sixer-by-Sixer 07/08 breakdown: Willie Green
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on May 18, 2008
Guys, sorry for the absence of these days but I’m changing job, town, house and I’m pretty busy… this will last some more weeks.
Time to go on with Sixers4guidos’ analysis, with a post about shooting guard Willie Green, the player I loved to hate over the last years. Now it’s payback time for Willie, let’s give him his props.
OVERALL EFFICIENCY AND RATE
Just like Andre Miller, Willie Green had his best season ever, reaching career highs in games played (74, all of them as a starter), minutes played (26.6), FG % (.436), rebounds (2.5), assist (2 !), and points (12.4).
Willie won the competition for the starting spot at SG with Carney – a competition that apperently didn’t even start… – and was effective all year, providing Sixers his best asset, the ability to score. Green is instant offense and you can count on that.
My rate for Willie Green is 8 (scale is from 1 to 10, being 10 the top).
WHAT HE DID WELL
He did well everything he is good at: transition game, fastbreaks, drives, some outside shooting. Green is also an ok defender, thanks to his strong legs, and it’s difficult to see him burned by his opponent: we’re not talking about a Bruce Bowen or a James Posey, of course, but he’s not the kind of player that makes coaches mad in his half court. 100% effort is always guaranteed.
Green improved a lot in his shot selection – one of the reasons why he draw so much criticisms over the years and made FANS mad… – played more under control, believe it or not, and learned to get more often to the line, something he really lacked before.
Free throw pct also improved, from the horrible 66,7 % of last year to a respectable 75,7 %. Same for his passing ability and understaning of when giving the ball.
WHAT HE DID WRONG
In his “off” nights Green can still drive you nuts and destroy any kind of offensive flow with rushed shots, one-vs-three drives, charges. There were some of those also this year.
Passing is still an optional for him: a season high seven, two games with six dimes but twelve with zero.
His numbers dropped in the playoffs, but less than those of more celebrated colleagues….
THIS SUMMER PLEASE WORK ON…
Outside/three point shooting. Sixers desperately need that, and everybody knows it.
If Green could become a more reliable shooter, the team will be really stronger.
WHAT TO DO WITH HIM
If we want to trade him, this summer will be the best moment to do it.
His value is at an all time high, I honestly doubt that Willie could get significantly better than he is now and I think there might be several teams, also very good ones, where Green would be very useful.
I am thinking about New Orleans, that had to play a declining Mo Peterson at the STARTING SG spot all year, but also San Antonio (Finley is the shadow of his old self), or Cleveland, not to mention a lot of weaker teams that need scoring: Seattle, Miami etc.
If we want to make the Sixers a real contender, we have to think about a better solution at SG (= we could put Green in some package to get a stud PF), but Willie could be nice as 6th-7th man off the bench: similar thoughts were made for Reggie Evans, an excellent role player who SHOULD NOT start in a serious team.
(Up next: Andre Iguodala)
Already published: Andre Miller.