I planned to focus on two players in last night’s San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League game, but I came away focused on one especially, and that was Green.
Spurs fans know Green well after his short time with the team before, but seeing him play during Summer League is allowing for an extended look, and seeing parts of his game, I for one, had not seen before.
Green displayed his athleticism with putbacks and blocks. Green also showed some versatility in his game, able to work well around the rim, but also able to shoot out to about 12 to 14 feet.
I’ve had my concerns about Green’s size (6-9) playing in the low post, and while Summer League is not exactly an indicator of how he’d do in the NBA, he looked comfortable. His athleticism allows him to work outside of the paint, and can use speed over bigger players to get to the basket. He also has a 7-2 wingspan that can make him a shot blocking presence even at his height.
With Green able to shoot from mid-range, he worked well with another big inside and was able to move the ball around and pass inside. He finished the game with 12 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in just under 18 minutes.
Hopefully Green will have a chance to get more time on the floor in tonight’s game (going on currently) and have a larger sample size to work with.
Green will have to try to stay out of foul trouble, as he racked up four fouls in the limited time he played last night, and five in 13 minutes against Sacramento, but he could catch some attention if he continues to play well.