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San Antonio Spurs Player Profile: Danny Green

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San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green busted onto the radar of the casual NBA fan in a big way during last year’s NBA Finals. The fourth-year player was sensational on the biggest stage of his career, setting the All-Time record for most three-pointers made in a Finals series with 28. In fact, Green was making a serious case for himself as Finals MVP through the first five games of the series, before two sub-par performances in Games 6 and 7. So, what should we expect of Green going into next season?

Well, for one, Green’s finals performance was not a fluke. He has been a starter for the Spurs for the better part of two seasons now, and has been an integral part of their success. He is and has always been a tremendous three-point shooter, who finished seventh in the league last year at 42.9 percent. Sure, he won’t shoot 55 percent this season like he did in last year’s Finals, but I fully expect to see him among the league’s best three-point shooters again.

Defensively, Green is also very good. His wide wingspan and lateral quickness allow him to match up effectively against any guard. The Spurs love matching Green up against smaller guards like Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, where his size at 6-foot-6 is a tremendous asset. He is definitely an above-average perimeter defender who will continue to showcase his abilities this upcoming season.

The major knock on Green is that offensively, he is one-dimensional. This is true, as Green struggles to create his own shot or score off the dribble. He has a somewhat effective floater he occasionally displays, but it needs work. But all accounts are Green has spent a good amount of time working on his game this summer. Given his good work ethic, I would not be surprised if Green comes back with a few new weapons for his offensive arsenal and is a better all-around player.

All in all, Green has become one of the best “three-and-D” guys in the league. He will continue to see his stats trend upward, as they have every year of his career. He will effectively fill the role the Spurs ask him, and could be even better than anticipated if he has expanded his game offensively. Like it or not, Danny Green is here to stay.

Justin Brown covers the NBA in general and specifically the San Antonio Spurs for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Real_JBrown, like him on Facebook, add him on Google.

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