And Then, Willie Green..
2006-07 Season Preview - Willie Green
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 200
Birthdate: July 28, 1981
College: Detroit Mercy
Acquired: Selected in the second round (41st overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Seattle Sonics, the traded to the Sixers.
Career Highlights: Green is entering his fourth NBA season in 2006-07. For his career he has appeared in 120 career games (23 starts) averaging 7.3 points, 1.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game.
In 2004-05 Green shot 42.4 percent (28-66 FG) from the floor and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line (4-5 FT), while shooting 52.9 percent (10-19 3FG) from three-point range. He only appeared in 10 games though as he missed the majority of this season rehabilitating from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, before re-signing with the Sixers on March 23, 2006. In limited action Green averaged 7.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 15.3 minutes per game.
Season Outlook: Green will look to regain the promise that he showed at times during the 2004-05 season while playing in his first full season since major knee surgery. In the 2004-05 season without Allen Iverson in the lineup (7 games), Green averaged a team-leading 18.0 points along with 5.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. Green has worked extremely hard in the offseason to make sure that he is not only fully recovered from his knee injury, but even better than before. Green will play minutes at both guard positions this season and therefore will see more minutes this season than he would have if he were limited to one position.
Front Office Opinion*: "Willie Green will be a versatile "combo" guard that is quite capable of playing both guard positions. He has worked extremely hard to get back to physical health and is a great competitor. Expect him to compete for major minutes this season with his improved consistency on his outside jump shot and ball handling under pressure. He has always been a powerful, explosive type of athlete and that has not changed. He's already a good on the ball defender and has improved his lateral quickness and footwork along with added upper body strength to become even a better overall defender. Green loves to lock down on a opponent defensively."