Spurs fans may not know a lot about the most recent addition to the roster, JaMychal Green.
Green, a 6’9” power forward, spent three seasons at the University of Alabama before throwing his name in the 2012 NBA Draft. Green went undrafted, and joined the Spurs Summer League team. After signing and quickly being waived in training camp, the Austin Toros swooped up Green, where he played the rest of the season. In 2013, Green joined the Clippers’ Summer League roster and went on to play in France for the duration of the season. Upon returning to the United States, Green rejoined the Spurs Summer League, where he shined, earning another training camp invite and partially guaranteed contract.
So what are Green’s strengths?
Green’s length, athleticism, and explosiveness are by far his biggest strengths.
Grabbing a rebound that far below the rim and throwing it down is no easy task. Most of what Green does around the rim on offense is dunk. He has no problem going over, around, or through defenders to make that happen.
Another big strength is Green’s ability to run the floor. Numerous times during the Spurs’ recent Summer League tournament, Green found himself slamming it home at the end of a fast break.
On this particular play against the Pelicans in Summer League action, Green immediately turns his head and sprints toward the basket after the rebound is secured.
As the transition pass comes across the court, Green stays with his goal set straight for the basket.
Deshaun Thomas grabs the pass, and Green stays in his lane, the correct move to await a pass or shot by Thomas.
In this situation, a pass is clearly the right move, and Green is in the perfect position to finish the transition with a layup (rare for Green).
This is just one instance of Green’s fantastic transition efforts.
Another of Green’s strengths is his offensive rebounding, the opposite of working in transition. At Alabama, Green averaged three offensive rebounds per game, and continued that with 2.6 with Austin, and slightly over two in France. Here, Green blocks out two different Pelicans defenders (one of which was monster body builder Patric Young) and pulls down the rebound, but was unable to convert on the second chance opportunity.
One of Green’s biggest issues is his size. He isn’t overly small, but used his force and strength to dominate in college, a luxury he won’t have in the NBA. To combat this, his outside jumpers need to be improved, which is currently on the upswing. His ball decision skills are also nothing to write home about. His turnover numbers aren’t great in comparison to his assist numbers.
Essentially, Green is an energy player. Every team has a guy that comes off the bench to provide a spark. Green is one of those guys. He’ll have to prove he can do that, and more, to snag the final roster spot.