It seems as though every year the Celtics get that one player that just steps up and plays a vital role in bringing them to the postseason, at least since Brad Stevens took the reigns. Whether that be guys like Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder when they were first traded to the Green back in 2014-15, or a guy like Evan Turner, who came up with clutch play after clutch play last season.
But one thing that the Celtics seem to have been lacking this season is that 6th man, a role that was taken by Evan Turner during his brief stint with the C's. We've seen a a few guys in that spot this season, like Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, or even Kelly Olynyk, just none of them seemed to work. But over the course of this past week or so, the Celtics may have caught lightning in a bottle and found themselves their 6th man for this season. His name, might you ask? Gerald Green.
Now we all knew that Gerald Green was capable of being a decent spark off the bench in some capacity, but the 30-year-old vet, and former first round draft pick of the Celts, has struggled to find playing time this season, which is something I find hard to believe. Gerald signed a 1-year deal worth approximately $1.5 million this offseason after an iffy campaign with Miami last season, and after losing a guy like Evan Turner, one would think Green woud get significant minutes to try and fill a vital role as a veteran anchoring a relatively young bench.
There had been one stretch where Green had gone about 11 straight games without making an appearance, which is something that we've seen Brad Stevens do over the course of his tenure here. Since taking over, we've seen solid vets like Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, David Lee, and now Gerald Green just get taken out of the rotation entirely. But over the course of the past few games, Green has gotten some minutes and he hasn't looked back once, scoring in bunches, including 10 points in 8 first half minutes against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Another thing Green brings to the table is a tremendous basketball IQ. He's a 9-year NBA vet for a reason, the man can ball. And when he's out there this season, the Celtics seem to run much more smoothly on offense. Oh, and Green isn't a bad defender or rebounder by any means. Green is also fast and has a good handle when the ball is in his hands.
I'm not saying Gerald Green is going to be a better 6th man than Evan Turner was in his time in Boston, but Green can be a very good replacement if given the sufficient minutes.