1. Quality Defense on Both Bigs and Smalls
Perhaps the most important thing Jeff Green can bring to the Houston Rockets is his ability to defend all sizes of players. The forward has shown the ability to guard everyone from undersized forwards and guards to bigger forwards when needed.
In the aforementioned Eastern Conference Finals series against the Celtics in 2018, Jeff played some stellar defense against Al Horford to help seal the deal for the Cavs in a close Game 7. He’s also been assigned to some of the most prolific scoring guards over the years, including James Harden, and has been able to hold his own often.
What’s most promising about Green’s fit with the new-look Rockets relates to the style of defense they’re playing since the Capela trade. Being undersized, they rely on swarming, switching defense where everyone helps each other to get a stop and secure the ensuing rebound. Much as Robert Covington quickly caught on to the importance of help defense, Green is more than capable of doing so as well.
Oh Jeff Green. What. A. Block.
— FanSided (@FanSided) October 20, 2018
At 33-years-old, Jeff Green has shown he still belongs in the NBA. Being that he will be starting on a 10-day contract, there’s essentially no risk for the team to take a chance on the forward to see what he can bring.
Houston has repeatedly shown they’re willing to take chances to improve their shots at a title, so betting on Green is worth a shot.