Danny Green (basketball)

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Danny Green
Danny Green warms up 20090930-6130.jpg
Green with Cleveland in 2009
No. 14 – San Antonio Spurs
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-06-22) June 22, 1987 (age 27)
North Babylon, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school North Babylon (North Babylon, New York)
St. Mary's
(Manhasset, New York)
College North Carolina (20052009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Cleveland Cavaliers
2010 Erie BayHawks (D-League)
2010 San Antonio Spurs
2011 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2011–present San Antonio Spurs
2011 Austin Toros (D-League)
2011 Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Daniel Richard "Danny" Green, Jr. (born June 22, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), 210 lb (95 kg) shooting guard from the University of North Carolina, where he played in more games (145) and had more wins (123) than any Tar Heel before him. Green is also the only player in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 three-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals.[1] He won an NCAA championship his senior year at UNC. During the 2013 NBA Finals, Green set an NBA record for most three-point field goals made in a Finals series. He then won an NBA championship with the Spurs the following season.

High school career[edit]

In his freshman year Green attended North Babylon High School in North Babylon, New York on Long Island. While there, in addition to basketball he played quarterback on the freshman football team.[2] Starting his sophomore year Green attended St. Mary's High School, a private school, in Manhasset, New York. He averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks as a senior.

College career (2005-2009)[edit]

Green was the sixth man in his freshman year at the University of North Carolina. In his sophomore season he averaged 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds.[3] Green considered transferring after his second year at North Carolina.[4] After staying, he improved his scoring average in each of the next two seasons.

In his junior year he averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.9 turnovers, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game.[3] He also improved his true shooting percentage (TS%) significantly, increasing his field goal percentage to 46.9% and his free throw percentage to 87.3%. He shot 37.3% from the three-point line.[3]

Approaching his senior season, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft, but did not sign with an agent so that he had the option to return to school, which he decided to do on June 16.[5] In his senior season he averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 turnovers, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 27.4 minutes per game.[3] He again improved his shooting percentages, averaging 47.1% and 41.8% from the field and three-point line respectively.[3] In his senior year, Green was selected to be a member of the ACC's All-Defensive Team. He was also named as a team captain along with Bobby Frasor and Tyler Hansbrough.[6]

Achievements at UNC[edit]

  • Part of the 2009 national championship team's starting five. Green logged a solid overall Final Four performance with 18 total points including six made three-pointers, six rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and one steal.
  • Green is the only Tar Heel ever to have 1,000 points (1,368), 500 rebounds (590), 200 assists (256), 100 blocks (155) and 100 steals (160)
  • One of four players in ACC history with 100 blocked shots and 100 three-point field goals (with Duke's Shane Battier, Maryland's Terence Morris and Wake Forest's Josh Howard)
  • Played in 145 games and been a part of 123 wins setting a new UNC record (record of 115 previously held by Sam Perkins)
  • Scored 1,368 career points (9.4 per game)
  • Passed Vince Carter in scoring at Virginia Tech on March 4, 2009
  • Blocked a career-high 7 shots in the win at Duke on March 8, 2008
  • Only Tar Heel ever to block 100 or more shots and make 50 or more three-pointers
  • Scored in double figures 63 times (nine times in 2005–2006, four times in 2006–2007, 24 times in 2007–08 and 26 times in 2008–2009)
  • Scored 20 or more points seven times in his career, including five times in 2009
  • Led Carolina in blocked shots as a freshman with 32 and was second the next three seasons
  • UNC’s defensive player of the game 15 times (twice as a sophomore, six times as a junior and seven times as a senior)
  • Played in four wins at Duke, joining Tyler Hansbrough and Wake Forest's Tim Duncan and Rusty LaRue as the only players to do that against Mike Krzyzewski-coached teams.

College career highs[edit]

  • Points: 26 at Chaminade (11/24/08)
  • Field Goals: 11 at Chaminade (11/24/08)
  • Three-Pointers: 6 vs. UNC Asheville (11/30/08)
  • Free Throws: 7 at Wake Forest (1/11/09)
  • Offensive Rebounds: 6 vs. NC State (1/12/08)
  • Rebounds: 14 vs. NC State (1/12/08)
  • Assists: 7 vs. Dayton (12/31/06), UNC Asheville (1/9/08), Gonzaga (3/27/09)
  • Turnovers: 6 at Florida State (1/28/09)
  • Blocks: 7 at Duke (3/8/08)
  • Steals: 6 at Florida State (1/28/09)

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2009–2010)[edit]

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Green as the 46th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. After playing in 20 games in his rookie year, the Cleveland Cavaliers waived Green at the beginning of the next season.

San Antonio Spurs (2010–present)[edit]

Green was subsequently picked up by the San Antonio Spurs on November 17, 2010.[7] The Spurs waived him six days later after he appeared in two games.[8] In January 2011, Green was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League. He averaged 20 points, a team high, and 7.5 rebounds in 16 games with the Bighorns.[9] The Spurs signed Green again in March 2011,[10] assigned him to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League on April 2, and then recalled him on April 3.[11]

In August 2011, Green signed a one-year contract with KK Union Olimpija, which included an NBA-out clause option when the 2011 NBA lockout ended.[12] Green returned to the Spurs after the lockout ended. Green had a breakout season, as he started 38 of his 66 games played, averaging 9.1 ppg. Green eventually became the starting shooting guard for the Spurs when Manu Ginobili returned to being the sixth man in the rotation. Green finished ninth in the league in voting for the NBA Most Improved Player Award.[13]

On July 11, 2012, Green re-signed with the Spurs for $12 million over three years.[14] In his first game of the season, he scored 9 points and added 2 blocks in San Antonio's win over New Orleans. On November 1, 2012, he scored 13 points in a win over the Thunder. Then on November 3, Danny Green scored 21 points to help the Spurs beat the Utah Jazz in a 110–100 win.[15] On November 13, 2012, he hit a game-winner against the Los Angeles Lakers, finishing the game with 11 points. On February 6, 2013, Green recorded career-highs of 28 points and 8 three-pointers made in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was one three-pointer shy of Chuck Person's record for most three-pointers made in a single game as a Spur.[16]

In Game 2 of the 2013 NBA Finals, Green was perfect from the field, including 5–5 from the three-point line. However, the Spurs lost in a blowout to the Miami Heat, 103–84.[17] In Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Green hit 7–9 from three-point range, including the one to set a Finals record for most three-pointers in a game by a team. He notched 27 total points in the Spurs' blowout 113–77 victory as the team took a 2–1 series lead in the process.[18] On June 16 in Game 5, Green made six three pointers for a total of 25 in the series to that point, breaking the record for an NBA Finals series previously held by Ray Allen, who made 22 in six games with the Boston Celtics in 2008.[19] By the end of the series, Green had made 27 threes, but the Spurs lost the series in seven games.

On April 11, 2014, Green scored a career high 33 points in a 112-104 win over the Phoenix Suns.[20] On June 15, 2014, Green won his first NBA championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 4 games to 1 in the 2014 NBA Finals. In doing so, Green joined Michael Jordan and James Worthy as the third Tar Heel to win both the NCAA and NBA championship.

Setting the NBA Finals' 3pt record in 2013[edit]

Game 3PM-A Percent Made Total Made Total Attempted Series Percent
1[21] 4-9 .444 4 9 .444
2[22] 5-5 1.000 9 14 .642
3[23] 7-9 .777 16 23 .700
4[24] 3-5 .600 19 28 .679
5[25] 6-10 .600 25 38 .658
6[26] 1-5 .200 26 43 .605
7[27] 1-6 .166 27 49 .551

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Green won an NBA Championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Cleveland 20 0 5.8 .385 .273 .667 .9 .3 .3 .2 2.0
2010–11 San Antonio 8 0 11.5 .486 .368 .000 1.9 .3 .3 .1 5.1
2011–12 San Antonio 66 38 23.1 .442 .436 .790 3.5 1.3 .9 .7 9.1
2012–13 San Antonio 80 80 27.5 .448 .429 .848 3.1 1.8 1.2 .7 10.5
2013–14 San Antonio 68 59 24.3 .432 .415 .794 3.4 1.5 1.0 .9 9.1
Career 242 177 23.1 .441 .421 .806 3.0 1.4 .9 .7 8.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 San Antonio 4 0 1.8 .333 .250 .000 .3 .5 .3 .3 1.3
2012 San Antonio 14 12 20.6 .418 .345 .700 3.2 1.1 .5 .7 7.4
2013 San Antonio 21 21 31.9 .446 .482 .800 4.1 1.5 1.0 1.1 11.1
2014 San Antonio 23 23 23.0 .491 .475 .818 3.0 .9 1.4 .7 9.3
Career 62 56 24.1 .455 .448 .778 3.3 1.1 1.0 .8 8.9

Personal[edit]

Green's brother Rashad played for Manhattan College in 2007–08 and the University of San Francisco from 2009 to 2012.[28] His second cousin is NBA player Gerald Green.[29]

After Green's freshman season at UNC in 2006 his father, Danny Green Sr., was arrested on drug trafficking charges along with 13 other people.[4] Police confiscated 462 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated street value of $40 million, as well as $5 million in cash, marijuana and assorted firearms. Green Sr., a gym teacher, said he had no connection to the drug trafficking ring. He pled not guilty and bail was set at $7.5 million cash. After Green Sr. was in jail for 18 months, officials offered him a lesser charge of conspiracy that would include time served and get him out of jail within six months. He was paroled on January 28, 2008 after serving 22 months in prison.[30]

Green was well known for dancing to pump up the crowd before most of the University of North Carolina home games.[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doing the little things, UNC's Green makes his dad, teammates proud". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  2. ^ "NBA Playerfile". Nba.com. 1987-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Danny Green Stats, News, Photos," ESPN Men's College Basketball, North Carolina Tar Heels, April 20, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Persistence of North Babylon’s Danny Green pays off for San Antonio Spurs". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Player Profile, Danny Green," tarheelblue.cstv.com, April 20, 2009.
  6. ^ "No Decision Yet for Lawson, Ellington," InsideCarolina.com, The Independent Voice of UNC sports, April 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "Spurs Sign Danny Green". Nba.com. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  8. ^ "Spurs Waive Danny Green". NBA.com (Turner Sports Interactive, Inc.). November 23, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Spurs Nation » Spurs sign swing man Danny Green". Blog.mysanantonio.com. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  10. ^ "Spurs sign swing man Danny Green". Blog.mysanantonio.com. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  11. ^ "Spurs Assign Danny Green To Austin Toros". Nba.com. 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  12. ^ "Danny Green moves to Union Olimpija". Sportando.net. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  13. ^ "Magic's Ryan Anderson wins Kia Most Improved Player Award". nba.com (NBA). 4 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Spurs Re-Sign Danny Green". Nba.com. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  15. ^ "Notebook: Spurs 110, Jazz 100". Nba.com. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  16. ^ "Notebook: Spurs 104, Timberwolves 94". Nba.com. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  17. ^ "Heat ride Mario Chalmers in second half, cruise by Spurs in Game 2". ESPN.com. June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Spurs hit NBA Finals-record 16 3-pointers in rout of Heat". ESPN.com. June 11, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Manu Ginobili's surprise start sparks Spurs, pushes Heat to brink". ESPN.com. June 16, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ Notebook: Spurs 110, Suns 104
  21. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467195
  22. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467334
  23. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467335
  24. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467336
  25. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467337
  26. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467338
  27. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467339
  28. ^ Rashas Green. ESPN.
  29. ^ "USF Men's Basketball Announces Signing of Rashad Green," USF official website, August 14, 2008.
  30. ^ "Green family has Heel of a story," New York Daily News website, April 20, 2009.
  31. ^ Lemire, Joe. "Doing the little things, UNC's Green makes his dad, teammates proud", Sports Illustrated April 3, 2009. Image caption.

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