Among the players in MSU’s regular ten-man rotation:
- Which player ranks 3rd on the team in offensive rating?
- Which player ranks 2nd (tie) in defensive rebounding percentage?
- Which player ranks 4th in assist rate?
- Which player ranks 3rd in block percentage?
- Which player ranks 2nd in steal percentage?
- Which player ranks 2nd in free throw rate?
Hint: The same player is the answer to all six questions.
Got an answer yet?
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The answer is . . .
Not bad for a guy that Tom Izzo was planning to redshirt up until preseason practices. Green has obviously posted these tempo-free stats in fairly limited minutes*, but the stats indicate he’s been productive across the board when he’s been on the floor.
The simplest complimentary descriptor one cay apply to Green is “basketball player.” He makes plays.
Green is the odds-on favorite to start next to Delvon Roe in the frontcourt next season. For now, though, he’s gone from preseason afterthought to key postseason contributor in a span of four months.
*I find that individual tempo-free stats are actually more useful for bench players than for starters. For a guy playing 30 minutes/game, we have a pretty good idea what 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game means. For a guy playing 10 minutes a game, it’s harder to know what 3 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per game means. (Numbers are made up.) The tempo-free numbers are, threrefore, more illuminating for the guy getting limited minutes per game–once you have a full season of data, at least.