Wednesday, October 10, 2007

It's Willie Green Season, Folks!


Yes, we know. We kind of let the whole "Phillies Playoff Hysteria" go unnoticed here. We've been busy. And by busy, I mean lazy. But that will cease to exist as of now, because it is our favorite time of the year: The NBA Pre-Season. It is finally time for the City of Philadelphia to rally together and truly get excited by an event: Willie Green starting at shooting guard for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The praise for Willie has been unending so far this year.

Maurice Cheeks - "I think Willie has been great"

Marc Narducci, Philadelphia Inquirer Beat Writer - "He (Green) has looked strong in camp, especially in taking the ball to the basket. In 2005-06 (Mark's Note: This year is the 2007-08 season), Green missed all but the final 10 games after recovering from surgery on his left knee."

Phil Jasner, Philadelphia Daily News Beat Writer: "Willie Green, who started at shooting guard, showed some of the willingness to drive hard to the basket that was missing last season, his first after knee surgery."

Well actually, that is all that has appeared in print. But it does seem like a lot of compliments for a player of Willie's stature. That stature being one of, if not the, worst player currently in the National Basketball Association.

In case you were wondering, the main reason that this blog started is because Jim and I would spend days emailing each other about how terrible Willie Green was last season. Before the season starts, we will put out a Debunking The Myths About Willie Green, but for now, I'll leave you with John Hollinger, NBA Expert, and his opinion on Willie Green.

Green had been in the NBA for four years without offering a shred of a reason why he belongs, yet the Sixers gave him a five-year, $17 million deal in the summer of 2006. What a country. Last season he started 36 games because the Sixers remain delusional about his talents, and he managed a career-best Player Efficiency Rating -- one that ranked him 55th out of the league's 66 shooting guards. Theoretically, Green is a scorer. He had one of the highest usage rates among shooting guards, but it's questionable whether this was a good thing.

Green can't make shots -- his true shooting percentage was the fourth-worst at his position -- and he lacks either the talent or the inclination to pass, as his assist ratio was a matching fourth-worst as well.
His biggest weakness is a curious inability to draw fouls. Green drives to the basket a decent amount, as more than a third of his shots came in the immediate basket area, but only two guards earned fewer free-throw attempts per field-goal attempt than he did. He's a lousy finisher too, making 45.9 percent of his shots in that area.

Green did better from outside, hitting a respectable 42.3 percent of his long 2s, but if that's all you've got it's a tough way to make a living. He made only 32.5 percent of his 3-pointers and must vastly improve from out there or start drawing a few fouls if he's going to be a viable NBA shooting guard.

And for those of you keeping score at home, Willie took 10 shots against the Knicks in Game 1. And scored 10 points. You wonder why the Sixers are giving away tickets for free? Look no further than #33.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

gentlemen, as a former NBA fan and Sixer diehard, I salute you! When they got his sorry ass, I actually said "Who?!?"

"The things he does well are is that he’s a scorer." Quote from Billy the King.

In 120 career games (23 starts) averaging 7.3 points, 1.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game

That's a freaking scorer?!? Maybe he'll "explode" this year......

Anonymous said...

the dummy that said willie green took ten shots against the knicks and scored ten points...THAT MEANS HE MADE 50% OF HIS SHOTS!! hahahah maybe you should only criticize when you know what you are talking about!! 50% SHOTS MADE! THATS GREAT!! HAHAHA What shooting guard shoots 50%? Only bigs like d howard do that!

Anonymous said...

willie green is a player. people like you are the ones that bring negativity to this world and you are the reason for Major sports being diminished and less attractive marketing entertainment. IF WILLIE GREEN PLAYS 16 MINUTES--DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO SCORE 20 POINTS!! DOUBLE THOSE MINUTES AND TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE POINTS HE AVERAGED(7.3) N IT WOULD COME UP TO 14.6PPG. BUT NOW, 32 MINUTES ARENT EVEN A STARTING SHOOTING GUARDS MINUTES. UP THOSE MINUTES TO 38 MINUTES--THE POINTS UP TO ABOUT 17PPG- AND NOW TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT HE WOULD BE STARTING AND BEING ABLE TO GET COMFORTABLE INTO THE GAME AND PLAY LIKE A TYPICAL STARTER WOULD--now up those points to about 20 PTS PER GAME!!!

Bill M said...

I totally agree with the previous two commenters..

Anonymous said...

Willie Green is a very good player and he is an excellent contributor..I like what the two guys said about him..

Bill M said...

Oh Yeah. And lets take into account that Willie Green was still a young player when he put up those numbers. More experience now just strengthens the fact that he is an excellent player.