2014 Awards Series MVP: Jeff Green

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It’s awards season at Celtics.com. We’re handing out seven awards over the next few weeks as we roll through this year’s Celtics.com Awards Series. We may not have trophies or acceptance speeches, but we do have some top-flight Celtics performances to outline.

Most Valuable Player - Jeff Green

Here’s a recipe for becoming a team’s Most Valuable Player: lead the team in points, made field goals, made 3-pointers and made free throws, all while contributing in other areas as well.

That’s what Jeff Green did during the 2013-14 Boston Celtics season, and that’s why we’re naming him the team’s MVP.

Green started all 82 games at the small forward position while putting together a career year. His career- and team-high 16.9 points per game made many people forget this was his first full season as a starting small forward in the NBA.

Brandon Bass challenges Carmelo Anthony's shot

Brandon Bass helped to limit Carmelo Anthony to 41.8 percent shooting against the Celtics this season.
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The Celtics scoring title wasn’t very competitive. Green’s average of 16.9 PPG was two full points more than that of Avery Bradley, who finished second on the team with an average of 14.9 PPG. His total of 1,382 points on the season was also 400 more than the next-best total by a Celtics player.

Green led the Celtics in scoring during 26 of Boston’s 82 games this season. He also recorded the team’s top three scoring games, including two 39-point outbursts and one 36-point game.

Those big scoring nights frustrated some fans who wondered why Green couldn’t give such performances on a regular basis. Those on the inside, however, were quite happy with Green’s performance.

Brad Stevens noted throughout the season that there are only a handful of players in the league, such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who can score 25-plus points a night. Green isn’t one of them yet, nor did the Celtics expect him to be.

Danny Ainge also went public on several occasions to point out that Green was “efficient” at the offensive end this season. Ainge was accurate in making those statements.

Green’s field goal percentage of 41.2 percent is actually quite misleading when it comes to his efficiency. He scored 0.928 points per possession this season, according to Synergy Sports. That number nearly ranks in the 60th percentile of the league, which Synergy says is good.

The forward proved that he is capable of scoring efficiently in a variety of ways. Synergy says that he is very adept at scoring on spot ups, post ups, isolation plays, dribble hand-offs and cuts. That inside-outside repertoire was Boston’s top offensive weapon.

As proof of how important his offense was to the team’s success, Green shot 45.3 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from long range during Boston’s 25 victories. He shot just 39.3 percent from the field and 31.4 percent from behind the arc during 57 losses.

Green’s offense, however, wasn’t the only way he impacted Boston’s games. He also rebounded the ball relatively well and provided some very good defense.

Green finished the season with an average of 4.6 rebounds per game. That number ranked 15th in the league among small forwards and sixth on the Celtics, trailing only four big men and Rajon Rondo. Green also led the Celtics in steals 14 times and blocks 20 times, all while rating out as a good defender by Synergy.

With all of this information taken into consideration, there isn’t much of an argument for any Celtics player not named Jeff Green to win this award. He was the team’s best all around player and MVP.

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