Gerald Green is on the verge of doing big things, and the Celtics organization can only kick themselves that they weren’t more patient with this kid. Gerald Green estimated he has a 46-inch vertical leap based on his last measurement and the inevitable increase from all of the extra working out. Green could have been the small forward to replace Paul Pierce, when the Celtics great finally hangs it up. As to whether or not Green is a better option than Jeff Green is a matter of debate, but the C’s will never have the option because they gave up on Green. He was drafted right out of high school in 2005.
Though he was already 20 right out of high school, Green was very young and immature, and was going to need time to develop. He only lasted two seasons with the C’s, but posted 10 points per game in his second year in the league. Last year, in 31 games with the Nets, Green bested that by posting 12.6 points per game in 25 minutes a night.
That kind of talent could have helped the Celtics, had they chose to hang onto Green. He was drafted 18th overall and just wasn’t given enough time to develop. Questions surrounding his ability to defend and understand offensive schemes caused teams to shy away from Green, but now at age 26, he is a couple years away from entering what could be a very good prime.