He Shouldn’t Even Be Here

Updated: August 1, 2017

Jeff Green is not a household name by any means, but he has certainly had his moments throughout his 10-year career. Green has a respectful 13.5 points per game average for his career and he’s played an important role for the majority of the teams he’s played for, although he has wasted the last two years with the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers.

Jeff Green averaged 13.9 points through the first four seasons in the NBA and was a very good starter in the NBA for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Green was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics. On December 10, 2011 Green signed with the Boston Celtics, but only a week later tragedy struck the 24-year-old. Green was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm and required surgery that would sideline him for the entire 2011-2012 season. Green wasn’t entirely sure if he would ever be the same again or even play again.

Green recovered from his surgery and went on to play with the Boston Celtics for two and a half seasons. Green had his best points per game average with the Celtics during his shortened season with the team, averaging 17.6 points per game.

Green is now 30-years-old but he’s still a serviceable player off the bench and at times he can start if needed. Last season Green averaged under 10 points per game for the first time since his shortened season. Green has a decent three point shot with a career 33% from beyond the arc.

Green’s greatest highlight in his career was when he hit a game-winning layup against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 27, 2013. Green hit the game winner in front of the doctor that performed his surgery at Cleveland Clinic; what a heartwarming story. Green could have easily given up and moved on with his life but he put the work in to come back and be even better than he was before.

Jeff Green has a shoe deal with the Jordan brand and has recently been given his own signature shoe with Jordan. Green’s new signature shoe is the Jordan XXXI that features a copy of his scar on his chest, the date of his surgery and then finally the name of the doctor. Green will be auctioning off the shoe and will donate the funds to a charity that has ties to the Cleveland Clinic.

Green is a great player and has a story that could motivate anyone!

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