Though there are many talking points born out of the Boston Celtics’ debut preseason victory over the Charlotte Hornets earlier this week, perhaps the most intriguing topic to note is the impressive outing from Javonte Green . Could this level of play lead him to logging minutes for the organization when the regular season rolls around?
If you poke your head around the usual Boston Celtics circles, you figure that you’d hear about a certain un-drafted rookie who had a strong preseason showing in the team’s 107-106 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in the preseason opener.
Strangely enough, it isn’t the one that scored 15 points and shot a perfect 7/7 from the field. Instead, it’s about a long-term project who figures to make a limited impact this season in Tacko Fall. While the Senegalese Giant–who even with the updated heights still stands over seven-foot-five–is an obvious headline-grabber, it was fellow training camp invite Javonte Green who truly stole the show in Sunday’s exhibition.
Making all of his shot attempts, Green was electric. Whether it was finishing put-back slams or even evading defenders mid-air, the 26-year-old showed superior athleticism and even the ability to step out beyond the arc nailing his only attempt from that distance. Finishing with a +5 in the box plus/minus, Green was a notable presence for the Boston Celtics in an exciting preseason-opener.
But expectations need to be tempered. In all likelihood, this preseason is a formality for Fall to become a sparingly-used 15th man come the regular season. The groundswell of support from fans and teammates alike, as well as the Boston Celtics’ center depth issues, point toward Fall landing on the opening night roster. However, if Green is somehow able to sustain this impressive level of play, perhaps all of the hoopla surrounding Fall could shift toward the uber-athletic wing.
That said, Javonte Green is still behind the eight-ball when it comes to usurping the 7-5 wunderkind. Regarding his chances of making the roster, it’s going to take more than one eye-catching performance in garbage time against the lowly Charlotte Hornets.
This was an impressive start, and it will only benefit the Boston Celtics if he could force Danny Ainge to make a difficult decision between himself and Fall. His next chance to do that will be Friday in Orlando against the Magic.