Mar 10 2012; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New Jersey Nets shooting guard Gerald Green (14) dunks over Houston Rockets center Samuel Dalembert (21) during the second half at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE
Gerald Green will dunk. Gerald Green will make the Fieldhouse explode with a spontaneous burst of "Wow!"
But he has to do more than that for the Indiana Pacers.
What should really excited Pacers fans is when they see Green deflect a pass on defense, take a charge or simply hit an open jump shot. The more little positive plays Green can make between highlight dunks the bigger impact he'll have on the Pacers success. The potential is there, always has been, and the thought of the Pacers reaping the benefits of Green "getting it" on the NBA level is quite a pleasant thought indeed.
For a great read on this topic, I must highlight Kelly Dwyer's "Players we want back" series at Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie. He is taking a closer look at players from various spots on the NBA impact continuum hoping to raise their game in the upcoming season.
Last week KD laid out his hopes and aspirations for Green, and he absolutely nailed my thoughts on the topic, summed up perfectly with this graph.
"Dynamic athlete" shouldn't matter right now. What we're looking at, as Green hits age 27 midway through the season following a year that he nailed a very nice 39 percent of his three-pointers last year, is the potential for a well-rounded guard. The hope that the NBA's highest leaper could roam the baselines and destroy defenders on impact based solely on his legs has long gone - that part of Green's game didn't translate. What appears to be in the midst of carrying over from this time spent on the fringes, and we're giddy as we write this, is the idea that Gerald Green can turn into a well-rounded all-around player at shooting guard.
I dare you to read the whole things without nodding your head. By the way, much of this can apply to what the Pacers need out of Paul George, as well. Taking care of the basics on a consistent basis so we can really enjoy the extraordinary moments these guys can deliver.