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Reflections on that other trade
Posted By Paul Flannery On March 29, 2009 @ 10:27 pm In General | 1 Comment
For all the ink spilled over the Kevin Garnett  trade, the move that brought Ray Allen  to the Celtics  on draft night in 2007 has received considerably far less scrutiny. But when the Celtics acquired Allen from the Seattle Sonics (may they rest in peace) it set the stage for everything that was to follow. Not only did it remove one obstacle to acquiring Garnett (ahem, Wally Szczerbiak ) it also opened KG’s eyes to the possibilities of coming to Boston.
Allen has been as good as the Celtics could have hoped for. Not only did he bounce back from an injury-plagued 2006-07 with Seattle to help the Celtics win a championship, he is in the midst of one of the most productive and efficient seasons of his career. His True Shooting Percentage and Effective Field Goal Percentage are both the highest of his illustrative career , and his defense has remained solid. Certainly better than people expected.
Interestingly, the deal has also paid off for what is now the Oklahoma City Thunder , for while Delonte West  and Szczerbiak were traded to Cleveland before the end of last season, young Jeff Green  who was acquired with the Celtics first round draft pick, has begun to make a name for himself. After a rookie year that was decent, if unspectacular, Green has raised his numbers across the board in his second season.
A 27 percent 3-point shooter last year, Green has quietly become a very capable shooter from distance, raising his average to .395. That’s not a surprise to OKC interim coach Scott Brooks  who challenged him to work on that aspect of his game last summer, particularly from the corners.
“Last summer, he worked,” Brooks said. “He was committed to getting better and not take time off. He’s a playmaker. He’s not just a shooter. He likes to make plays for others. He’s a guy who wants to get better.”
Green has teamed with Kevin Durant  to give the Thunder one of the better young forwards combinations in the league. While the Thunder messed around playing Durant at the off-guard position last year, the two have flourished under Brooks who feels that the next step for Green is to become a better rebounder and possibly a facilitator for the offense.
That’s an interesting step for OKC to take because Green received extensive experience playing in a passing offense at Georgetown, and young guard Russell Westbrook , while exciting, is not a classic point guard. “(Green) has that ability,” Brooks said. “That can be a luxury as a four-man.”
There was, of course, one other component to the Allen deal and that was the second round pick the Celtics acquired and used on Big Baby Davis. Despite receiving 10 stitches above his eye after getting hit by Durant on a loose ball, Davis scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds Sunday night.
This was truly the proverbial trade that helped both teams and one both would do again.
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 Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm
 Ray Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Wally Szczerbiak: http://media.weei.com/basketball/wally-szczerbiak.htm
 the highest of his illustrative career: http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/a/allenra02.html
 Oklahoma City Thunder: http://media.weei.com/basketball/oklahoma-city-thunder.htm
 Delonte West: http://media.weei.com/basketball/delonte-west.htm
 Jeff Green: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jeff-green.htm
 Scott Brooks: http://media.weei.com/basketball/scott-brooks.htm
 Kevin Durant: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-durant.htm
 Russell Westbrook: http://media.weei.com/basketball/russell-westbrook.htm
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