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Lakerholicz – Danny Green

Danny Green

Danny Green is a two-time NBA championship winner with the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors. On 6 July 2019, Danny Green signed for one of the greatest NBA franchises of all time. Who does Danny Green play for? The LA Lakers of course. Green will be hoping to add a third NBA championship ring to his collection in the next two seasons with the Lakers.

Danny Green and coach Popovich spending time with a veteran

Danny Green is a ten-year NBA veteran and the Lakers will be hoping that he can bring a championship winning mentality back to the Staples Center. The Lakers are on their longest ever playoff drought, while Green has appeared in nine consecutive playoffs. Danny Green news headlines are often to do with title winning sides. He has won titles at both NCAA and NBA. Lakers fans will be hoping to read more of the same this season.

For this season with the Lakers, Danny Green will be relied upon more than ever before in his career. While Green was an integral part of both the Spurs and the Raptors’ championship-winning teams, he performed more as a catalyst than an All-Star. He has consistently brought out the best in his teammates. This season, the Lakers will be hoping that he can be the glue between their All-Stars, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and their youthful core, led by Kyle Kuzma.

While his stats may not fill young Lakers fans with too much excitement, there is way more to his game than the stat book shows. Looking back at Danny Green’s career you can see a trend of how he has always put the team first without demanding the limelight for his noticeable ability.

Early career

Danny Green was born on 22 July 1987 in North Babylon, New York. He enjoyed both basketball and football in school. In his sophomore year, Green transferred from North Babylon High School to St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, New York. In his senior year, he averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. He was subsequently selected for the 2005 McDonald’s All-American Game.

Universities across many states took notice of Danny Green’s talent. In the end, he enrolled at the University of North Carolina. Green’s first two years at North Carolina were not too successful for him. He ultimately found his form in his junior year, where he would average 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2 assists per game.

Before his senior year, Danny Green almost decided to enlist in the 2008 NBA Draft. He decided against it and completed an NCAA championship winning season with North Carolina. In his senior year, Green averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. He was selected for the ACC All-Defensive Team and named as one of three captains.

After his senior year, Danny Green enlisted for the 2009 NBA Draft.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers made Danny Green NBA draft pick number 46 overall in 2009. In February, the Cavaliers sent Danny Green to the Erie BayHawks in the NBA G League. At the time, the BayHawks were the Cavaliers affiliate team. He played two games for the BayHawks before being recalled to the Cavaliers.

His rookie season with the Cavaliers would see him average 5.8 minutes, 2 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. On 19 October 2010, Danny Green’s contract was waived by the Cavaliers.

Danny Green in a Cleveland Cavaliers long sleeve t shirt

San Antonio Spurs

The 2010-2011 season would bring a lot of travel for Danny Green. After being waived by the Cavaliers, he initially signed for the San Antonio Spurs on 17 November 2010 but was waived on 23 November 2010.

He then signed for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA G League. The Bighorns were affiliated with the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors for the 2010-2011 season. For the Bighorns, Green averaged 20.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.

On 15 March 2011, the San Antonio Spurs signed Danny Green once again. The Spurs assigned Green to their NBA G League affiliate team, the Austin Toros, for one game before recalling him. He would then play eight games for the Spurs that season, averaging 5.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.3 assists.

During the 2011 lockout, he played for the KK Union Olimpija in Slovenia. Once the lockout ended, he returned to the Spurs for the 2011-2012 season.

Danny Green announced himself as an NBA starter in the 2011-2012 season. By the end of the season, the Spurs starting shooting guard was Danny Green’s position. Danny Green re-signed with the Spurs on a three-year contract on 11 July 2012.

The following two seasons would be the best in the Spurs’ recent history. They appeared in the NBA Finals in 2013, where they lost to Miami Heat. They went a step further and got revenge on the Heat when they won the 2014 NBA Finals. Green would play an important role in both finals. At the time, Green broke the record for most three-pointers in the Finals, with 27.

Green consolidated himself as a core player in the Spurs starting lineup. He set a Spurs franchise record for most three-pointers in a season (191) in the 2014-2015 season. The 2014-2015 season would be a career best for Green. He averaged 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2 assists per game. Green was rewarded with a four-year contract on 14 July 2015.

Toronto Raptors

On 18 July 2018, the Spurs traded Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors. The Danny Green trade included Kawhi Leonard going to the Raptors as well. It was a fortuitous trade, as the Raptors would win their first-ever NBA championship in the 2018-2019 season. Green averaged 10.3 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists during the regular season before navigating the playoffs and winning the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

Danny Green during a game playing for the Toronto Raptors

Los Angeles Lakers

On 6 July 2019, Lakers news headlines announced the signing of Danny Green on a two-year contract. Danny Green has boasted great three-pointer conversion rates, especially last season. He’ll be able to draw out defenders, leaving more room for LeBron James and Anthony Davis to exploit.

The main goal this season will be to make the NBA Playoffs. The Lakers are on the longest drought in their history and will want to put things right. In Danny Green, Lakers fans have a player who has playoff experience in abundance as well as two championship rings.

Green should play most of the games in the Lakers schedule, and he’ll be hoping to bring his Raptor form to the Staples Center. To find out more about Danny Green and the Lakers, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.

NBA stats

Danny Green’s stats show how consistent he has been over his career. In the regular season, Green averages 9 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists. Green will be hoping to raise these averages during the 2019-2020 season.

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