The Chicago Bulls’ Javonte Green was a stud in the team’s first three preseason games. He played the power forward position admirably in place of the injured Patrick Williams with an average of 7.6 points, 6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2 blocked shots per game.
It’s only preseason, but Green has done so while only playing 16.6 minutes per game.
With Williams is likely to be back On the grid for the Bulls’ preseason final against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, where is Green? According to an NBA Analytics publication which calls NBA Math an “end-of-the-bench piece”.
NBA Math is a sports stats website that creates formulas that the publication developed to generate scores and categories for players from the past and present.
A system is used in the site’s “Crystal Ball Ranking” that predicts each player’s impact on their team. The highest rating is 12 and the lowest is 1. How it works:
That seems simple enough, so NBA Math categorizes every player on the Bulls roster. Notice where green ranks:
It’s unclear when this was created, but green is too low of a category. It should be in the section titled “Pieces of Depth”.
Greens defense, energy and athleticism should play well with the bulls’ playmakers throughout the season. It would be crazy to see him play so well in at least two of the team’s preseason games only to end up being a “tailpiece of the bench” after the regular season begins.
Besides, isn’t LaVine at least an All-NBA candidate? If the Bulls win between 45 and 50 games next season, don’t we think he’d be a strong contender for the All-NBA Third Team?
Williams is taller than Green and a better shot. If he wants to stand in for Green, the promising 20-year-old has to bring the same energy in defense and on the glass.
As Stacey King said repeatedly, sometimes it felt like there were five Javontes out there. It has to look like there are at least four PWills.
On offense, Williams has to take open threesomes when they are there while attacking closeouts with crucial drives to ensure he is putting pressure on the opposing defense. If that happens, the cops could be even better than they looked in the first three preseason games.