Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Following the summer league, the Boston Celtics and Javonte Green agreed on a two year contract.  2019-20 is partially guaranteed. 2020-21 is fully non-guaranteed.

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After a great summer league performance, the Boston Celtics signed Javonte Green to a two year contract.  Green had an impressive career at Radford University; 2nd on the school’s all time scoring list.  Green has been through a lot in his professional career, to get to this point.  Let’s take a look at the journey Javonte Green has been on.

After going undrafted in 2015, Green took his talents overseas.  Green signed with CB Marin Peixegalego, part of the Spanish LEB Plata.  In his first professional season overseas, Green averaged 18 points, and 6.7 rebounds per game, en route to becoming league MVP in his rookie season.

In 2016, Green signed with a team from an Italian league called, Pallacanestro Trieste; part of the Serie A2 Basket.  The former MVP averaged 15.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during his sophomore season.  Returning to Trieste for a second season, Green averaged 18.1 points, and 7.1 rebounds per game.  Drawing interest from the Phoenix Suns, Green was invited to be part of their summer league team.

Still not earning a contract from an NBA team, Green went back overseas in 2018 and joined ratiopharm Ulm; part of Basketball Bundesliga in Germany.  There, Green would average 13.8 points, and 4.7 rebounds per game.  After participating in the NBA summer league for the Phoenix Suns, and continuing to be consistent playing overseas, Green got another chance to make an NBA roster.  The Boston Celtics added Green to their summer league roster in 2019.

No matter where Green ends up playing, he is very productive at scoring and rebounding the ball.  He put on a show during the 2019 NBA summer league for the Boston Celtics, averaging 10.8 points, and 4.8 rebounds in 5 games this summer.  The high-flying Green, showed his athleticism on a few different occasions this summer.  As great as he is at dunking the ball, he is also a great spot up shooter and can take it through the lane.

The Boston Celtics currently have an open roster spot; and a lot of potential suitors.  The team has is full of swing-men players as it is, but Green brings a different style with him to the position.  I also think that Green is versatile enough to play various positions in the NBA.  In a Brad Stevens system, Green will be able to rotate from the two, three, or the four positions.  He reminds me a lot of Jaylen Brown in that respect.

There are a bunch of different scenarios that could happen in regards to this open roster spot.  The team already has their two-way contracts allocated with Tremont Waters and Max Strus, but that could always change.  Waters could in fact make the final roster, opening up a two-way contract spot.  Or, with all of this talent and limited space, Strus could eventually become the odd man out.

It does seem like the Celtics like what they see from the high-flyer.  He says he enjoys dunking because it gets the crowd fired up!  Who doesn’t enjoy an explosive dunk?

Another quick fact about Green is that he is part Montenegrin, making him eligible to play with the Montenegro national team.

I guess it will come down to who fits the system more.  Remember, it’s always personnel and never personal.

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