Devin Green had an outstanding showing in the opening game of day two here in Boise, putting his entire arsenal of offensive talent on display in what might be considered an NBA callup worthy performance.
Green spent a season in the NBA already with the Lakers two years back, and there is no doubt that he has NBA caliber tools physically. He has excellent size for the shooting guard position, and outstanding athletic abilityfeaturing terrific quickness, great fluidity, an explosive first step, and a good vertical leap, being extremely quick off his feet.
Offensively, youd be hard pressed to find a more impressive wing player here in Boise. Green creates his own shot incredibly well thanks to his terrific quickness and ball-handling skills, and is very advanced at keeping his defender off balance thanks to a nice array of jab-steps, shot-fakes, hesitation moves and fantastic footwork. He is extremely smooth and effortless with everything he does, almost looking like things come a bit too easy for him at times, which some people might (and do) confuse with a lack of effort. His mid-range game is particularly impressive, being able to stop on a dime and create separation from his defender off the dribble, with a nice high release point and pretty solid mechanics from 16-18 feet.
The knock on Green at times has been his ability to knock down shots consistently from the perimeter, and indeed his mechanics did not look great when he was forced to take a rushed shot. He was able to knock down a wide open NBA 3-pointer, though, and is shooting a respectable 37% from this range on the year, albeit on a limited number of attempts. It seems like hes improved this part of his game, at least to the point that its respectable.
Defensively, Green has great toolsterrific quickness, good size, big hands and solid length. Hes known as one of the better defenders in this league when he fully applies himself, which wasnt always the case here at times. He gambled at times for steals and probably wasnt physical enough denying his man space, but you could certainly see the potential here. On one occasion for example, he made a highlight reel caliber play moving laterally staying in front of his man, and then showing great timing exploding off his feet to block his shot. He definitely applied himself on the boards today, pulling down 10, mostly by putting his physical tools to good use out-quicking and out-jumping other players.
The D-Fenders gave Green a considerable amount of time at the point guard spot today, probably in order to showcase his versatility and improve his chances of seeing a callup. Indeed, Green did a solid job running the team, not looking like a pure point by any stretch, but definitely making some very nice passes that highlighted his solid court vision. He finished with 8 assists on the day, and did a particularly good job in transition.
Green has been known as a player who doesnt always dominate his competition the way he should considering his talent. Its not quite clear how much of a knock that is for the NBA level (where hed be a role player), but he seems to be taking that to heart, and sometimes gets caught in situations where he over-dribbles a bit and forces the issue to a certain extent. From what weve seen in summer league and here, that doesnt seem to be that big of an issue, but the perception is out there, so we thought wed mention that.
All in all, Green looks like the best NBA prospect weve seen here so far in Boise. He reminds a bit of Anthony Parker
, minus the same incredible feel for the game, and should definitely be one of the top candidates to see a callup in the coming weeks.