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JaMychal Green: Season in Review

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Former Alabama forward, JaMychal Green, set a multitude of career-highs in 2016-17. He started 75 of the team’s 82 games in place of former all-star Zach Randolph and logged just over 27 minutes per game.

Throughout the regular season, Green posted per game averages of 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists – all career-highs. In addition, his shooting numbers were much improved this season. He made 50.1% of his field goals and 38.2% from three, compared to splits of 46.5% and 33.3% respectively, the season before.

In an early March match-up with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Green put on a clinic. He racked up a career-high 29 points and 7 rebounds in 30 minutes of playing time. He was a perfect 12-of-12 in that game from the charity stripe and added a block and a steal on the defensive end. This excellent free-throw shooting was no exception – he made just over 80% of his foul shots on the year.

In addition to putting up numerous career-highs, he also ignited crowds with exciting, athletic plays:

In Memphis’ first two playoff games against the Spurs this post-season, Green only logged 15 minutes a piece – both losses. In the following two games, he averaged 25 minutes a night and his team won both games. In Game 3 against the Spurs he went for eight points and six rebounds. In Game 4, JaMychal notched his second double-digit scoring playoff game with 14 points and 4 rebounds.

Green followed up that performance with yet another double-digit scoring game in Game 5 going for 11 points, three rebounds and an assist while sinking three of his five shots from outside.

In what would be the last game of the Grizzlies’ season – Game 6 – Green posted an inexplicable series low 14 minutes. Zach Randolph started in Green’s place and accrued 38 minutes on the court. In limited playing time, he managed five points and a rebound on 40% shooting.

Over all, JaMychal’s season was the best he’s had since leaving Tuscaloosa. This off-season – and what he does to prepare for next season – will define his legacy. Given the opportunity, Green showed he could be a major contributor. Now, he has to show he can get better and continue to increase his productivity if he wants that big-time pay day going into a contract year.

Jake Weaver is a contributor to Bama Hoops Hype and Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can reach him at 205-612-5060 or on Twitter @JAWeaver0

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