And by significant I mean crunch time minutes. Saturday night was the first time I've seen this years team play and I was impressed with Green. He can do something better than anyone else on our team right now - as Vogel said in his comments after the game.
He's just a shot maker," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "He's a great 3-point shooter and he has the ability whether it's a post up, on down screens or trying to create his own shot. That's a valuable weapon."
I often harp on the Pacers needing a player who can create a shot for himself and/or teammates when the shot clock winds down, late in games when the defense tightens, and in playoff games when defense is good the whole game. Pacers have lacked that type of player for a long time. Paul George might turn into that type of player someday, Granger at times can do it, but not consistantly, right now I think Green is probably our best player in getting a shot when things breakdown.
So I see Gerald Green playing a lot of minutes late in close games. He might not play a ton thrrough the first 40 minutes of games, but the last 8 minutes I expect him on the floor.
Who does he take minutes from? I'm not sure. Certainly there will be times when Green, Paul George and Granger will be on the court at the same time - and I realize that means either West or Hibbert will have to sit, but I can see that happening espcially if the Pacers are down by a few points.
I could also foresee Green taking some minutes from Paul George late in games, especially offensively. In fact there may be times very late in games when there are timeouts that we play offense - defense wiuth Green and George.
During the summer I was thinking that maybe we would see Augustin a lot in close games either replacing George Hill or playing alongside, but I don't see that happening too often - I think Green is the bench player who plays late in games.
(I hate to make any judgements based on preseason games, but if what I saw Saturday night from Augustin defensively is what we are going to get, I won't be happy. I thought his defense was nonexistant. I need to see more in a real game)