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You’re playing yourselves.

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JaMychal Green has been the best player off the bench for the entire season this year for the Memphis Grizzlies. It’s time to end the JaMychal Green hate in Memphis.

I never really quite understood why people always get frustrated with JaMychal Green. I mean I do understand the hate when he is taking minutes from Jaren Jackson Jr. I get that part of it, but when he is just out on the court playing well, that I can not understand.

One of the most underrated players this year for this Grizzlies team is also the one that receives the most criticism at times. There would be a lot of games this year that without Green, the Grizzlies simply aren’t winning. Not that they have won a lot of games, especially as of late, but there have been significant games for Green that Grizzlies would have lost without his contribution. I get why J.B. Bickerstaff may want to leave him out there when he is playing well in the fourth quarter, because he gives this team a different energy that’s not always there the entire game for this team.

That’s not to say that Green does not have his flaws, because he does. He is a defensive liability sometimes on the floor, he struggles to stay in front of some of other players that are smaller and quicker power forwards in today’s NBA. The reason he gets minutes on a nightly basis for the Grizzlies is because he plays with high energy every single night and he is consistent. J.B. Bickerstaff knows exactly what he is going to get when Green is on the floor, he can count on him to hustle, rebound the ball and score 8-12 points every single night.

JaMychal Green is not only steady, but he also the best true rebounder that the Grizzlies have on the team. He fights for every single board when he is in the game. On top of his rebounding, he has constantly worked to improve his three point shooting every single year. He is having a career year from behind the arc while simultaneously taking more attempts than he has in his entire career. Green is shooting 39% from three and taking 2.3 threes per game, his release is slow, but when he is open from the corner more often than not, he makes it.

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If his stats and what he brings to the table don’t sell on you on JaMychal Green, let’s look at some comparable players throughout the league that find themselves in the same situation as Green.

Erysan Illyasova with the Milwaukee Bucks is averaging 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 20 minutes but doesn’t shoot the ball as well as Green does from three in more attempts.

Pascal Siakam is averaging 15 points and 6.6 rebounds in 31 minutes for the Toronto Raptors. He shoots 34% from three and only takes 2.1 attempts from behind the arc.

Markieff Morris with the Washington Wizards is averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in just under 26 minutes with the team, he also shoots 34% on 4.2 attempts from three.

Al-Farouq Aminu playing with the Portland Trailblazers is averaging 9.4 points and 8.1 rebounds while playing 30 minutes per game and shooting 35% on 3.9 attempts from three.

Serge Ibaka is averaging 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds with the Toronto Raptors in 28 minutes on 30% from three and 2.6 attempts.

James Johnson with the Miami Heat is averaging 8.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 21 minutes. He is also shooting 34% from three on 2.9 attempts.

JaMychal Green fits right in with this category of players hitting 10.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds while also shooting 39% from three. Some of these players are averaging more attempts from three and averaging more minutes per game, but Green is efficient.

Green is underappreciated for the Grizzlies. He is someone you can count on, someone you know is going to play hard, rebound the ball, and do a lot of the little things that other role players may not want to do, he can get too many minutes sometimes when J.B. Bickerstaff feels like he is hot and wants to play him down the stretch. He has his flaws, he is a role player at the end of the day and sometimes he has asked to do to much by this coaching staff.

He is a player that fans should appreciate, though, because he could be gone very soon and what the Grizzlies get in return from a Green trade may not be as consistent off the bench as JaMychal has been all year.

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