The San Antonio Spurs have always had a knack for coaxing star-caliber performances out of their role players. It’s something that the rest of the NBA and people who watch the league have pretty much come to expect from this team. One such player that has benefitted from being in San Antonio is Danny Green.
After floundering around the league in his first couple of seasons out of college, Green has become a super role player and a key cog in the Spurs’ starting unit on the wing. Over the past two seasons, Green’s outside shooting has been a huge weapon as he’s shot above 42.5 percent from three in each year. His defense has also been solid at times, though he does tend to have lapses on that end of the floor.
As the 2013-14 season got underway, though, Green had a little trouble getting his engine turning. Through his first four games, he was averaging just 3.5 points per game while shooting a combined 6-23 from the floor and 2-9 from long-range. Though it was early, there were certainly some concerns that the Spurs magic had worn off in the case of Green.
However, any doubts that we had about Green have quickly been squashed as he’s been playing incredibly well. His field goal percentage now rests at 46.8 percent and he’s shooting a blistering 48.3 percent from long-distance while averaging 8.5 points per game.
While Tim Duncan is struggling and Manu Ginobili is having his minutes closely monitored, Green’s offense has a big impact on how this San Antonio team performs. Sure, they can succeed without him, but they’re a contender when he’s firing. We shall see if can continue to make the Spurs look like sorcerers when it comes to their role players.