3. Veteran Leadership and Experience
Jeff Green entered the league in 2007 as the fifth overall pick by the Boston Celtics. Before seeing any action, he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics, which became the Oklahoma City Thunder at the start of the 2008-09 season.
As a member of the Sonics, Green made the NBA All-Rookie First Team, averaging 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while playing an average of 28.2 minutes. His numbers would only improve the following season on the Thunder, as he averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest.
After having two solid seasons with the Boston Celtics followed by a forgettable one with the Orlando Magic, Green found himself on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2017-18 season, who made the NBA Finals with him being a solid bench contributor.
In Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, Green came up huge to close them out and helped LeBron James propel the Cavs into the NBA Finals.
While the Cavaliers were outmatched by the superteam Golden State Warriors and ended up being swept, it’s hard to match the amount of playoff experience that results from a trip to the NBA Finals.
On a team that has just four NBA Finals appearances among everyone on the roster (one each from James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha and Tyson Chandler), the veteran knowledge Green could provide from the bench and in the locker room could end up being important for the Rockets.
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