Jeff Green might not be the most well-known name on the Brooklyn Nets, but he may be the team’s X factor moving forward. The Nets certainly don’t lack star power. We know what Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden will provide nightly, but championship teams don’t win without good role players. The popular saying “Defense Wins Championships” is one that the Nets should embrace. Since acquiring Harden, the Nets have the worst defensive rating in NBA history. Jeff Green’s versatility adds a new dimension to the Nets game with his ability to play any frontcourt position, including the small-ball 5.
Jeff Green has been critical for the Nets all season. Green has frequently come off the bench as a sixth man this season, especially after the trade for James Harden. The Nets big three hasn’t played many games together. Durant has missed time due to health and safety protocols. Irving and Harden have missed some games due to minor injuries. With a member of the big three out, Green usually serves as a starter. Jeff Green provides steady three point shooting, along with a veteran presence. He plays reliable defense and can hold his own against bigger power forwards, and can keep up with guards.
Jeff Green truly is the x-factor for this Nets team because he provides every attribute at an above average level. Green’s game is the model of consistency. His shooting splits are impressive, even when his usage rate increases. He can handle a larger role in the offense, but is perfectly comfortable with being a supporting bench piece. Green fits perfectly in any of Nash’s rotations. He can space the floor beautifully as a small ball center. If the Nets want to play big, the frontcourt pairing of Green, Durant, and Jordan will thrive above the rim on offense, and play decently on defense. Jeff Green might be Steve Nash’s swiss army knife who has been under the radar his entire career. Green truly is the Nets’ x-factor towards their championship push.