Data from Basketball-Reference.com
If you compare production by 36 minutes worth of playing time, Green compares admirably to the other SG options. He’s the best rebounder of the group, and also has the best overall field goal percentage. His scoring and 3 point percentage are both above average when looking at this group. Sure he accumulated these stats as a bench guy facing the opponents’ less talented defenders, but that’s the exact same role he’s going to play on the Pacers.
Here’s the kicker: Green signed a 3 year $10 million dollar contract. Lou Williams and Jason Terry signed for the mid-level exception for $5 million a year. Joe Johnson still has $90 million and 4 years left on his contract. Supposedly, OJ Mayo and Courtney Lee are seeking bigger contracts than the Pacers are willing to shell out for a backup wing. As a side note – look at the comparison between Joe Johnson and Lou Williams. I think the Hawks are pretty happy to replace a $20 million/year guy with a $5/million a year guy and maintain that same kind of production.
Overall, I think this was a great deal for the Pacers, and I look forward to a second unit featuring Green and Lance Stephenson (who is apparently lighting up the Orlando Summer League) as the primary scorers. Plus, Gerald Green can do this:
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